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We visit museums and galleries not just to view and comment on artworks that we see We go to these places because they interest us educate us and interact with us Viewing an artwork is like speaking to someone - except we are listening with our eyes An artists work is his interpretation of the world around him - it may be a landscape person or abstract subject but it remains a reflection of that person and a part of his life When we visit a gallery we are not merely interested in the brushstrokes on a canvas and what they depict but the artist himself - his life his loves his mind It therefore seems sensible that we would want to learn not only the works title medium and size but how and where it was made and why An artists choice of materials and techniques often gives a clear indication of what heshe is trying to express By examining these techniques materials and preliminary sketches we learn a lot more about the artists intentions challenges and considerations This essay examines the work of three significant artists who worked in the 20th Century - Jackson Pollock Godfrey Miller and Pablo Picasso It explores and compares their individual techniques and use of materials and how these reflected their aims and intentions In terms of materials and techniques one of the most unique and original artists this Century was American Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock Pollock was born in Cody Wyoming on January 12 1912 and spent his childhood years in California and Arizona before arriving in New York in 1931 There he studied under rural figurative painter Thomas Hart Benton and the Art Students League It was not until about 1938 that he began to experiment with abstraction and until 1946 that he produced his first completely abstract and defining work Eyes in the Heat 1946 as author Bryan Robertson argues It is Pollocks drip works
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