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Jackson Pollock



Jackson Pollock, or Jack the Dripper
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.47

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    absent-minded, bourbon, drippy, impasto, candlelit, expressionism, revolutionary, criticism, abstract, constructive, palette, critic, fervor, rework, quitter, artistic
     content words:    Jackson Pollock, When Charles, New York, Thomas Hart Benton, Art Students League, United States, Jose Orozco, David Siqueros, National Gallery
Jackson Pollock, or Jack the Dripper

By Colleen Messina
1     If you look at one of Jackson Pollock's splattered canvases, your first thought might be, "I could do that!" But it's harder than it looks! Pollock was a revolutionary who woke up the art world with his huge, splattered canvases.
 
2     Jackson Pollock painted with unusual tools. He once explained, "I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives, and dripping, fluid paint, or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass, or other foreign matter added." In fact, he liked dripping paint so much that he was nicknamed Jack the Dripper! Freedom of expression was his goal, and he was one of the first abstract expressionist artists.
 
3     Jackson had a certain amount of freedom while he was growing up. He was born on January 28, 1912, in Cody, Wyoming. It was said that he had a difficult childhood. He had four brothers, and when his older brother, Charles, began taking art lessons, so did Jackson. When Charles moved to New York, Jackson followed him.
 
4     Pollock studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. Benton loved to paint large Midwestern scenes, but Pollock did not. He also didn't think people were too exciting. He wrote a revealing letter when he was just 18: "I shall be an artist of some kind...people have always bored me!" Jackson was full of fervor for art, but he didn't seem to show much talent at first.

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