Aerodynamics

  • Charles Pollock, Aerodynamics, 1947, ink and gouache on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1947 Charles Pollock Archives, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Allmendinger, 1978.39.5

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Aerodynamics
Artist
Date
1947
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 20 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (53.0 x 36.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Allmendinger

Mediums
Mediums Description
ink and gouache on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1978.39.5
Palette
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