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Summertime: Number 9A

© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Tate

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In 1945, Pollock moved from New York City to Long Island. His studio was a converted barn without heating or lighting. Pollock’s aim to work directly from his unconscious led to a radical process of dripping and pouring paint over large canvases placed flat on the ground. The rhythms in Summertime reflect his belief that ‘The modern artist ... is working and expressing an inner world – in other words expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces’. Several commentators have suggested that a frieze of figures lies under the abstract web of paint in this work.

Tate

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Date

1948

Medium

Oil, enamel and house paint on canvas

Measurements

H 84.8 x W 555 cm

Accession number

T03977

Acquisition method

Purchased 1988

Work type

Painting

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date inscribed


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