Instead of standing at an easel and dabbing at a palette, Jackson Pollock laid his canvases on the floor and dripped and splashed paint from tubs onto the horizontal surfaces. Enjoy the results of his radical technique, along with a selection of artworks by fellow Abstract Expressionists

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  • Jackson Pollock, 'Yellow Islands' 1952

    Jackson Pollock
    Yellow Islands 1952
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1435 x 1854 mm frame: 1462 x 1945 x 41 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased out of funds provided by Mr and Mrs H.J. Heinz II and H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd) 1961
    © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

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  • Jackson Pollock, 'Number 23' 1948

    Jackson Pollock
    Number 23 1948
    Enamel on gesso on paper
    support: 575 x 784 mm frame: 651 x 861 x 42 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased out of funds provided by Mr and Mrs H.J. Heinz II and H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd) 1960 ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

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  • Jackson Pollock, 'Number 14' 1951

    Jackson Pollock
    Number 14 1951
    Enamel on canvas
    support: 1465 x 2695 mm frame: 1493 x 2721 x 63 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the American Fellows of the Tate Gallery Foundation 1988 Pollock - Krasner Foundation, Inc.

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  • Sam Francis, 'Around the Blues' 1957/62

    Sam Francis
    Around the Blues 1957/62
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    support: 2751 x 4871 mm
    Purchased 1964 Estate of Sam Francis/ ARS, NY & DACS, London 2002

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  • Arshile Gorky, 'Waterfall' 1943

    Arshile Gorky
    Waterfall 1943
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1537 x 1130 mm frame: 1713 x 1308 x 87 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Lee Krasner, 'Gothic Landscape' 1961

    Lee Krasner
    Gothic Landscape 1961
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1768 x 2378 mm frame: 1784 x 2391 x 52 mm
    Purchased 1981 ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

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  • Hans Hofmann, 'Nulli Secundus' 1964

    Hans Hofmann
    Nulli Secundus 1964
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2136 x 1318 mm
    Purchased 1986 The estate of Hans Hofmann

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  • Willem De Kooning, 'The Visit' 1966-7

    Willem De Kooning
    The Visit 1966-7
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1524 x 1219 mm frame: 1615 x 1303 x 78 mm
    Purchased 1969 Willem de Kooning Revocable Trust/ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

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  • Willem De Kooning, 'Untitled' 1966-7

    Willem De Kooning
    Untitled 1966-7
    Charcoal on tracing paper
    support: 476 x 610 mm
    Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1969 Willem de Kooning Revocable Trust/ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

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  • Robert Motherwell, 'Ulysses' 1947

    Robert Motherwell
    Ulysses 1947
    Oil and cardboard on wood
    support: 857 x 711 mm frame: 962 x 814 x 85 mm
    Acquired by purchase and gift from the Dedalus Foundation 1996 Dedalus Foundation, Inc/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2002

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  • Sam Francis, 'Painting' 1957

    Sam Francis
    Painting 1957
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 629 x 486 mm
    Purchased 1957 Estate of Sam Francis/ ARS, NY & DACS, London 2002

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  • Mark Rothko, 'Black on Maroon' 1959

    Mark Rothko
    Black on Maroon 1959
    Mixed media on canvas
    support: 2667 x 4572 x 38 mm
    Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1969 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 1998

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Controlled or chaotic? What do you think of Jackson Pollock’s radical approach to painting?

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