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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Vibrant colours of Pollock leave a striking image

Pollock’s iconography is captured in his painting, Moon woman cuts the circle. Against the backdrop of a blue sky, the image of a woman with a crown feather and a dramatic dress is captured.

A knife is inserted between the woman’s image and that of the moon. At the bottom of the painting, Pollock has signed his name, a feature that gives away his works in all his paintings. He sought to infuse reality in his paintings, though albeit mysteriously.

Ideally, the modern world stands against the backdrop of a blue sky, symbolizing peace. However, the splatter of the red colour against it suggests that the peace has been marred by bloodshed, which is violence.

The knife may represent weapons, which are the main stimulants of domination (nuclear). The chaos in the world seems to spread into space as the moon is depicted in a “corrupt” form.

In another sense, he might have simply been illustrating the cultural festival by the American Indians, where women are adorned with masks and crown feathers painted in different colours. They carry weapons in an attempt to “attack the moon”.

Either way, you look at it Jackson Pollock Article –moon woman cuts the circle painting resonates with us in a way that only art lovers can grasp.

Jack Pollock, the youngest in a family five, was an American painter who dazzled the masses with some of the most evocative abstract paintings.

At the tender age of sixteen, he sought to hone his skills in painting by enrolling at The Manual Arts High School, learning the basics of arts along with artistic doctrines such as Theosophy under the instruction of the Frederick John de St Vrain Schwankowsky, a celebrated painter.

His teachings of Theosophy opened up Jackson’s mind to contemporary concepts such as spirituality, supplementing his agnostic roots, which would equip him to engage audiences from different beliefs. Success was elusive, causing him to drown in alcoholism. His art played a pivotal in his therapeutic treatment.