In 1956 Time magazine referred to Pollock as Jack the Dripper . His iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of America's Western landscape where the artist grew up. Pollock said that he painted out of his conscious : the cathartic dribbled paint reflected his troubled mind.
This book traces Pollock's career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.