Name: Lavender Mist.
Artist: Jackson Pollock
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Jackson Pollock invented 'action painting'. It was a form of 'all-over' painting, pouring paint rather than using brushes and a palette, and abandoning all conventions of a central motif. He danced in semi-ecstasy over canvases spread across the floor, lost in his patternings, dripping and dribbling with total control. Was the result an accident or an expression of the subconscious mind? It has been suggested that Pollock was influenced by Native American sand paintings made by trickling thin lines of colored sand onto a horizontal surface.