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Gallery Text

No. 2 exemplifies the mature paintings Pollock produced between 1947 and 1950, when he fully developed his signature “poured” technique. Laying raw, unstretched canvas on the floor of his barn studio on Long Island, Pollock worked from above, dripping, pouring, and flinging paint onto the surface. The compositions of looping, tangled lines, alternately forceful and delicate, express his highly physical creative process and serve as a record of his bodily engagement. Close inspection reveals Pollock’s interest in the properties of paint — its weight and viscosity, the way it bubbles and cracks, pools upon or sinks into the canvas — and the control he was able to maintain, despite the appearance of absolute spontaneity.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jackson Pollock, American (Cody, WY 1912 - 1956 East Hampton, NY)
No. 2
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1200, Modern and Contemporary Art, Mid–century Abstraction I
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Physical Descriptions
Mixed media on canvas
279.4 x 91.76 cm (110 x 36 1/8 in.)
framed: 281.94 x 94.62 x 5.08 cm (111 x 37 1/4 x 2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.r.: Jackson Pollock
Lee Krasner, Professor and Mrs. Reginald R. Isaacs, partial gift/partial sale; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald R. Isaacs and Family and Purchase through the Contemporary Art Fund
© Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

[Unidentified article], Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1965, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1965), reproduced p. 104

H. Wade White, "Recent Accessions: A Drip Painting by Jackson Pollock", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, April 1966), vol. III, no. 4, ill. p.

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, 1967)

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 157, ill.

E. A. Carmean, Jr. and Eliza E. Rathbone, American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1978), p. 131, reproduced in b/w, p. 126, no. 2 on checklist

Francis Valentine O'Connor and Eugene Victor Thaw, Jackson Pollock: a catalogue raisonné of paintings, drawings, and other works, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1978), vol. 2, no. 261, ill.

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, frontispiece

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 204, cat. 234, ill.

Christos M. Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal, American Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture 1913-1993, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts and Zeitgeist-Gesellschaft (London, England and Prestel, 1993), no. 89, reproduced in color; checklist, p. 480; text p. 16

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), pp. 8, 12, cat. 72

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 198, ill. p. 199

Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), ill. p. 219

Gavin Delahunty, ed., Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, exh. cat., Tate Publishing (London, 2015), p. 139, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Untitled, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 12/01/1950 - 02/28/1951

11th Annual Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, 04/11/1951 - 05/06/1951

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

New York School: From the First Generation, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1975 - 01/06/1976

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1978 - 01/14/1979

Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986

American Art in the Twentieth Century: Painting and Sculpture, Zeitgeist-Gesellschaft, Berlin, 05/08/1993 - 07/25/1993; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 09/17/1993 - 12/12/1993

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

Re-View: S118 European & American Art since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/13/2008 - 04/09/2011

Re-View: European and American Art Since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/03/2011 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 1200 Mid-Century Abstraction I (Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/30/2015; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/06/2016 - 01/01/2050

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 11/20/2015 - 03/20/2016

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Visual description by Grant Hamming, Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow, Division of Academic and Public Programs, 2017-2018. Written April 2018.

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