Jackson Pollock's No. 5 Painting

Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) has been considered one of the more influential American painters of the abstract expressionist movement.

Abandoning the traditional painter’s easel and brush for canvases tacked to the floor of his studio, Pollack developed his technique of drip painting. The work came from the movement of his entire body versus the simple flicker of hand and wrist.

Pollock did not simply want his art labeled or perceived by what he was thinking while he created. So, he stopped naming his work and simply numbered them. He felt it made people look deeper into his work and see it for what it was – pure painting.

It is one of these numbered works of art that has fetched the title most expensive painting ever sold as of 2006. According to reports, Pollock’s No. 5 1948 was sold by music-mogul, David Geffen of Geffen Records to David Martinez for an estimated $140 million. Though this sum has not been confirmed by either party, but it also has not been denied.


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