Jackson Pollocks abstract painting entitled No.5 made in 1948 is considered as the world's most expensive painting that has been sold by David Geffen to Steven A. Cohen for $140 million in 2006 (Inflation-adjusted value: $151.8 million).
|Jackson Pollock: No. 5, 1948|
The painting is a 4x8 foot piece of fiberboard covered with thick amounts of brown, gray and yellow paint drizzled from the top. Dubbed as "Jack the Dripper" for his style, he began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his "drip" technique, turning to synthetic resin-based paints called alkyd enamels, which, at that time, was a novel medium. Pollock described this use of household paints, instead of artist’s paints, as "a natural growth out of a need." He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting.
Sadly, Jackson Pollock was a troubled and volatile alcoholic and died in 1956, at 44, in an alcohol-related car accident.