Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)

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Autumn Rhythm
Autumn Rhythm.jpg
Artist Jackson Pollock
Year 1950 (1950)
Type Enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions 266.7 cm × 525.8 cm (105 in × 207 in)
Location Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) is a 1950 abstract expressionist drip painting by American artist Jackson Pollock.[1][2] The work was purchased in 1957[3] by curator Robert Beverly Hale[4] for the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art , where it remains on display.[1] The painting consists of muted colors such as black, white and brown paint, aggressively splattered and interlaced throughout an unpainted canvas background.[5][6]

Pollock originally titled the painting Number 30, believing that titles affected how viewers perceived paintings,[7] but it was later retitled Autumn Rhythm.[who?][8]

Hans Namuth's photographs of Pollock, which culminated in his 1980 book Pollock Painting, included images of Pollock painting Autumn Rhythm, which revealed that the painting was largely painted right-to-left.[9]

Researchers looking at the underlying fractal geometry of Pollock's work have estimated the fractal dimension of the drip patterns in Autumn Rhythm at 1.67.[10][5]


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  2. ^ May, Lary (1989). Recasting America: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cold War. University of Chicago Press. p. 197. ISBN 9780226511764. 
  3. ^ "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Gross, Michael (2009-05-05). Rogues' Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Crown Publishing Group. pp. 227–. ISBN 9780767931458. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
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  8. ^ Grigely, Joseph (1995). Textualterity: Art, Theory, and Textual Criticism. University of Michigan Press. pp. 175–. ISBN 9780472105793. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Bohm-Duchen, Monica (2001). The Private Life of a Masterpiece. University of California Press. pp. 218–. ISBN 9780520233782. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Taylor; et al. (June 2000). "Fractal expressionism" (PDF). Physics World. Retrieved June 16, 2014.