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Aerodynamics

1947 Charles Pollock Born: Denver, Colorado 1902 Died: Paris, France 1988 ink and gouache on paper sheet: 20 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (53.0 x 36.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Allmendinger © 1947 Charles Pollock Archives 1978.39.5 Not currently on view


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Charles Pollock was the oldest and Jackson Pollock the youngest of the five sons of Stella May and Leroy Pollock. Born ten years earlier, Charles was measured, reflective, and patient, while Jackson was impulsive and mercurial. Charles was the first of the two to move to New York from the West and helped convince Jackson to continue his art studies in 1930. When Charles left New York in 1935, moving first to Washington, DC, and then to Michigan, the two brothers did not remain close. Charles drew Aerodynamics the same year that Jackson was embarking on the series of “drip” paintings that would catapult him to fame in the New York art world and abroad. The geometric shapes floating in the muted, monochromatic field of this drawing were typical of Charles’s more restrained and cerebral approach to abstraction.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

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About Charles Pollock

Born: Denver, Colorado 1902 Died: Paris, France 1988

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