“Mural” de Jackson Pollock: la obra que cambió el rumbo del arte norteamericano

In 1943 Jackson Pollock started to come up his painting style; was in that time when the American artist discovered an expressive language in his style of “pintura a goteo” or drip painting, method that should change the vision of the abstract expressionism and the American art.

The big sponsor of the American art, Peggy Guggenheim’s saw the potential that had Pollock in his work. She challenged the artist to paint a wall of 605 x 247 cm, measurements that escape to the small works which author used to do. Finally, was decided that the work will be made over a canvas in order to transport it without difficulty.

The idea was carry the expressive power of Pollock to the large format.

The contract between both parts was signed on July 1943. Pollock will receive US$ 150 monthly and a place to live in case the painting was sold. The deadline was on November, but in that date Pollock had not yet started to paint. Inspiration came in the week of New Year, Pollock painted all the canvas in a fit of energy.

“It was a stampede of each animal in Western United State: cows, horses, antelopes and buffalos. All is running over the wicked surface” Jackson Pollock

The result was a brimming work in abstraction, expressionism and liberty. His influence changes the direction and identity of the American painting. The wall expanded the painting possibilities, when the classic methods of its techniques were mixed with the abstract style in a big size format.


Since 1947 Pollock produced drip painting of big dimensions. These are the most famous works and the most valuable legacy of the artist.

“I believe painting on canvas is a way in disappearance and the new tendency is toward the walls. I think the time is not ready to do a complete transition from the easel to the wall. Pictures that I consider to paint will constitute an intermediate state and attempt to mark the future direction” Jackson Pollock.



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