Artibus et Historiae no. 50 (XXV)

2004, ISSN 0391-9064

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ALEXANDER B. HERMAN, JOHN T. PAOLETTI - Re-reading Jackson Pollock's She-Wolf

Jackson Pollock painted his She-Wolf in 1943 on the eve of his first major exhibition in Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery. Coming at a critical moment in his career, both in terms of his own stylistic development and in terms of his recognition, the painting was purchased very soon thereafter by the Museum of Modern Art. But, despite its familiarity, it has continued to elude satisfactory explanation of his meaning. This article serves as a further step to understanding the painting's content and Pollock's working process by revealing new figures within the picture, by associating drawings from the same time period with the painting, and by suggesting new sources for its imagery.

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