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Jackson Pollock, the science of art

At a glance, a painting by Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956) can look deceptively accidental: just a quick flick of color on a canvas.

A of Pollock’s streams, drips, and , by Harvard L. Mahadevan and collaborators at Boston College, reveals, however, that the artist had to be slow—he had to be deliberate—to exploit fluid dynamics in the way that he did.

And by the date of the paintings studied, it turns out that Pollock was ahead of physicists in his discovery of the properties of flowing liquids.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “Jackson Pollock, the science of art

  1. I’m trying to recall which novel it was that was based on Pollock’s life. Oooh how I miss my memory. I get the feeling it was an Updike novel, called Seek Her Face, or something like that. His life made for a fascinating story, that much I do recall!

    1. There’s a wonderful exhibit on in Toronto right now at the Art Gallery of Ontario on abstract expressionism with paintings from the MOMA, including some of Pollock’s.

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