Mural (Jackson Pollock)

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2015-06-26 10:41:27

Mural is an Abstract Expressionist painting by American artist Jackson Pollock, painted in 1943 for the apartment of notable art collector Peggy Guggenheim.
The piece is seen by many as a turning point for the artist, who went on to produce his most famous works in a similar style between 1947 and 1950.

The painting

‘Mural’ is a large oil-on-canvas painting, measuring 247 cm by 605 cm. It was described by Pollock himself as "a stampede… [of] every animal in the American West, cows and horses and antelopes and buffaloes. Everything is charging across that goddamn surface."

Provenance and exhibition

The painting is currently owned by the University of Iowa, and is on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. It was donated to the University in 1951 by Peggy Guggenheim, for whom the work was originally created. During this time the University’s art program was noted for its pioneering work, creativity and importance to the modern art community, and known to some as "Greenwich Village West". The painting was donated by Guggenheim, New York’s leading art dealer, along with others as recognition of the University’s efforts.

Sale

As of February 2011, a bill has been introduced in the U.S House of Representatives suggesting the University of Iowa should be required to sell the painting to create a trust fund for local students. The painting is currently valued at $140 million.

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