Blue poles (Number 11)
Jackson Pollock
Blue poles (Number 11)
Jackson Pollock (American; Abstract Expressionism, New York School, Action Painting; 1912-1956): Blue poles (Number 11), 1952. Enamel on canvas, 212.1 x 488.2 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a sort of “get acquainted" period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.’ (Jackson Pollock)

'Although his process ... was spontaneous and intuitive, Pollock exercised remarkable control over it and insisted, "there is no accident."’ (© 2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

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"More properly known as Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952, this painting is considered Pollock’s most important work. In 1973, it was purchased at auction for $2 million dollars, which at the time was the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. At the time of sale the art world was typified by a conservative climate, and the high purchase price, as well as the painting itself, created a political and media scandal, which was capitalized upon by the National Gallery of Australia, who bought the painting. It is now one of the most popular exhibits at the Gallery, and has risen in price to an estimated $180 million." (