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Jackson Pollock
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Artist
    (January 28, 1912-August 11, 1956)
    Raised in Arizona
    Resided in New York
    Paintings include ‘Masqued Image,’ ‘Stenographic Figure,’ ‘Male and Female,’ ‘The Moon-Woman,’ ‘Blue (Moby Dick),’ ‘The She-Wolf,’ ‘Eyes in the Heat,’ ‘Shimmering Substance,’ ‘The Key,’ ‘Composition,’ ‘The Tea Cup,’ ‘Cathedral,’ ‘Full Fathom Five,’ ‘Mural,’ ‘Painting,’ ‘Number 8,’ Lavender Mist,’ ‘Autumn Rhythm,’ ‘Ocean Greyness’ and ‘Easter and the Totem’
    He had deep psychological problems.
    Some critics were baffled by his ‘paint explosion’ style.
    Some called him ‘Jack the Dripper.’
    He cheated on his wife.
    He was rude, vulgar and mean-spirited.
    He was a terrible drunk.
    He eventually was unable to paint because of his alcoholism.
    He died driving drunk, also killing one of his passengers.
    He’s considered one of the greatest 20th-century painters.
    ‘Time Magazine’ called him ‘the greatest living American artist.’
    One critic called him ‘arguably, the first American who ever lived’ (um, ‘arguably’ is right).
    A crazed man vandalized one of his paintings in Rome (1999).

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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