Pollock, Drops of Genius

The revolution and the energy of the great American artist on display.


Rome pays tribute to Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), the man who revolutionised art in the twentieth century. A prominent exponent of the American avant-garde, which sprang up immediately after the great economic crisis of the Thirties, in response to the realism of the beginning of the century, Pollock is an unconventional artist who transforms the painting into a real event.

In his world, the easel disappears and the canvas is placed directly on the wall or floor. Thus the artist’s manner of putting paint on the canvas becomes fundamental and “action painting” comes into play; this is an artistic style in which the colour is thrown on the painting or dripped spontaneously.

The Roman exhibition, which contains about 50 masterpieces by Pollock, together with works by Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Hans Hofmann, Bradley Walker Tomlin and other representatives of the New York School, is a journey through experimentation and psychological introspection, in which the lines are the direct and immediate expression of the artist’s feeling.

Do not miss the famous painting Number 27, 1950 by Pollock, a canvas over 3 metres long, on which the power of the superb balance between brush strokes of black and lighter colours burst.

“Pollock e la Scuola di New York”, until Februay 24/2019, Complesso del Vittoriano – Piazza Venezia. Info: www.ilvittoriano.com.