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Untitled About 1942 - 1944

Not on display

Pollock's early work was figurative, becoming increasingly abstract over time until the 'drip' paintings of the early 1950s, for which he is most famous. This work features a human figure drawn in black ink. Another figure, possibly an animal, has been added over the top. The main body of this figure is in red ink, and its head is to the right of that of the drawn figure. A severe alcoholic with emotional difficulties, Pollock underwent psychoanalysis between 1937 and 1943, producing drawings as part of his therapy.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Abstract art, Figurative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 2198
  • Medium Oil, pen and ink, and watercolour on paper
  • Size 33.50 x 50.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980