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This experimental drawing was completed using ink on paper, a format that Jackson Pollock loved to use to try out new ideas quickly, before taking them on to the next stage in larger artworks.
He liked to blow paint around using a straw-like instrument and this helped to produce a natural looking flow of ink, with certain areas thicker than others. This was an unusual approach and he was always looking to try out different ideas from the comfort of his studio. He was obsessed with producing new forms of art and believed that this could only be done by creating new techniques, rather than simply adapting existing methods. This is perhaps what made his work so different and groundbreaking, but not all of his experiments would be extended into larger murals. The stage of drawing was therefore the earliest and more creative period in his development of artworks, where anything could be tried without fear or concern.
There has been greater interest in this artist's drawings in recent years, with exhibitions set up to connect these with his paintings and also to explain the various mediums in which he was involved, most of which the general public are completely unaware of. There were also screenprints, etchings, lithographs and other experimental items which he tried out over a number of decades.
Alongside this item, a visit to MoMA in New York City will also bring a number of other artworks to your attention, such as Kazimir Malevich's White on White, Seed of the Areoi by Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse's L'Atelier Rouge and Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk. Alongside the Tate Modern in the UK, these two galleries provide perhaps the highest profile selection of modern art in the world, though new art museums continue to appear across the world with a focus on this period which is now far more accepted and respected than it previously would have been. There is also a considerable interest in it from younger generations, particularly within the western world, but also across other parts of the world, with commercial illustrations being a good example of that. In recent years there has also been a collective attempt within many western nations to better reflect the more diverse nature of their populations and to bring in art from other cultures, such as Africa and Asia, both of which have plenty to offer us all.