Jackson Pollock Birth c.1941

Artwork details

Artist
Jackson Pollock 1912–1956
Title
Birth
Date c.1941
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1164 x 551 mm
frame: 1207 x 597 x 64 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1985
Reference
T03979
Not on display

Display caption

Pollock’s Birth is shot through with primeval energy. The process of birth is seen as a desperate struggle. The mask-like faces, drawn from Inuit and Native American art, lend the image an unrestrained energy. Like many modernist artists, Pollock was fascinated by ‘primitive’ art for its expression of fundamental human fears and desires, particularly as traditional ideas of ‘civilization’ were tainted by Europe’s slide into fascism and war.

March 2007