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Jackson Pollock: An American Saga Book Review Summary

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Jackson Pollock as born the youngest of five brothers to a strong willed woman who managed to drive his father out of the house. He seems to have turned to drawing as much because his oldest brother was an aspiring artist as for any other reason. There is a good deal of information about Pollock's ancestors, his family, his work with Thomas Hart Benson and the New York art scene in the thirties and forties. The most important part of his life however came with his development of the technique of drip painting. The book has many reproductions of Pollock's work. A good deal of space is given to his relationship with Lee Krasner and his problems with alcohol.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   artist Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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