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Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism
Date Issued: 1999-02-18
Postage Value: 33 cents

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Celebrate the Century - 1940s
Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism

An influential American painter in the abstract expressionist movement, Jackson Pollock was regarded as a reclusive artist. He was born in Cody, WY, of parents who moved there from Iowa. Pollock was raised in Arizona and Chico, Cal, and was expelled from high school in 1928. He enrolled at the Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, from which he also was expelled. He followed his brother to New York City, where both studied at the Art Students League of New York. Jackson Pollock married the American painter Lee Krasner in 1945 and the moved to Long Islands with the sponsorship of Peggy Guggenheim to purchase a home and adjacent barn. Pollock began to use liquid paint in 1936, learning about it from Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. After moving to Long Island, he began painting with his canvases laid on the studio floor. Pollock died in 1956 from an alcohol-related single-car crash.

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