“El Taller de Jackson Pollock” Rodrigo Torre ∞

The work of an artist needs a place in which to develop their work. A place from which are put into action the inspiration and talent. Each artist's workshop is a place committed, intimate, who would not normally have access to and that is at once intimate and personal space, almost sacred. A workshop conveys the process of creating a work and helps us to better understand the author and his work. The workshops are a mystery in which reflection, analysis, research, or concern of an author play a key role in the fortunes of each work are diluted, that somehow it also means that we only have a partial view of the final result.

Buharillas, garages, basements, offices and homes, are usually assembly lines that go unnoticed when we contemplate a canvas.

In an attempt to return to the origins of each work of art, they are subjected to the test of x rays observed in most cases with some surprise that overlap in fabrics characters, expressions or landscapes that are also part of the creative process and the end result.

We refer now to one of the most significant workshops for art history:


The workshop in the above image was originally a barn located on Long Island, New York. It belonged to Jackson Pollock from 1945 until his death in a car accident in August 1956. Had 44 years. In 1947 He started his workshop in the barn he bought with money he borrowed from Peggy Guggenheim. Pollock moved to live until his death in Long Island also influenced by his fellow painter Lee Krasner and then wife, as an attempt to separate the author from his addiction to alcohol and some friends who exerted a negative influence on him. From staying on Long Island and more specifically since started his workshop in the barn, Pollock made paintings that catapulted him to fame to become the benchmark of Abstract Expressionism.

Pollock placing the fabric used to paint on the floor, but it was here, in the barn, where he first begins to drip paint from the same can to canvas, thus opening a new concept in modern art. Never was any previous author and expressionist, Impressionist, Cubist the surreal, I did something similar. The first work he created with the technique of dripping, (technique is to let "drip" painting freely on the canvas) was Shooting star (Shooting Star), a central work of change that makes the work of Pollock in the paradigm of American painting.

Shooting Star - Jackson Pollock

Shooting Star – Jackson Pollock

He himself said that "On the ground is where I feel most comfortable, paint nearest, and better able to participate in it because I can walk around the web, work from any of its four sides and literally introduce infield. Prefer fluid dripping paint and drained ".

The floor of his barn workshop is today a rough surface that retains stains dripping. There have been printed traces of some of his paintings as Lavender Mist, Number 32, o Blue Poles. It is a document of this author's work that evokes much or more than his paintings the force of their creative capacity and it could well be one of his famous works.

Suelo del taller de Jackson Pollock

Workshop Floor Jackson Pollock

Lavender Mist - Jackson Pollock

Lavender Mist – Jackson Pollock

Number 32 - Jackson Pollock

Number 32 – Jackson Pollock

Blue Poles - Jackson Pollock

Blue Poles – Jackson Pollock

El fotógrafo Hans Namuth, wished to portray the pictorial process Pollock. He had agreed with him to do a photo session of her work, from the beginning of a new canvas. When arrived Namuth, Pollock was over. The secondary seemed. In the words of Namuth own:

A fresh canvas covered the entire floor… There was absolute silence… Pollock MIRABLE are processed. Afterwards, unexpectedly, grabbed a can of paint and a brush and began to move around the canvas. It was as if he had suddenly realized the painting was not finished. His movements, slow at first, gradually became faster as he threw black paint, white and red on the canvas. He completely forgot that Lee ( Lee Krasner, his wife) and I, estabamos present; seemed to hear the camera shots… my photo shoot lasted until finished painting, roughly hour and a half. In all that time Pollock did not stop. How could one keep up this level of activity? Finally he said, “and is”.

Jakson Pollock

These words Namuth after his experience in the barn we provide a different view of the artist. Pollock moved endlessly around the web and allow us to interpret "Shooting Star" in an almost literal way. It's almost a mistake to try to find an image in the work of Pollock, we consider the action to understand his work.

Pollock 4-1

In this trailer for the film directed by and starring Ed Harris, we can see some images of this workshop-barn and the process of creating Jackson Pollock.