By Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon's biography units Jackson Pollock in his time and portrays him as a shy, frequently withdrawn individual, filled with insecurities and self-doubts, and regularly not able to precise himself approximately his artwork or its which means. Solomon interviewed 200 those that knew Pollock and his paintings and he or she has drawn generally on Pollock's personal writings and different own papers. She examines the artist's relationships together with his kin; his spouse and fellow artist Lee Krasner; paintings purchaser Peggy Guggenheim; the painters Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and plenty of extra.

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