"The only figurative in a room of Pollocks, de Koonings and Mirόs, "
Pollock painting hung in the New York's Museum of Modern Art
Creative Commons AttributionPollock painting hung in the New York Museum of Modern Art - Credit: Allie Caulfield, Flickr

Name

Dates

Genre

Nationality

Notable events/characteristics

Paul Jackson Pollock

 

1912-1956

Abstract Expressionism

American

  • Reclusive alcoholic
  • Died in car crash
  • Film Pollock released in 2000 (see clip)

Willem de Kooning

1904-1997

Abstract Expressionism

Dutch/American

  • Married to Elaine de Kooning
  • Winner Logan Medal of the Arts

Elaine Marie de Kooning

1918-1989

Abstract Expressionism

American

  • Married to Willem de Kooning
  • Lectured at Yale University
  • J.F. Kennedy was assassinated whilst she was half way through a portrait of him.

Joan Miró i Ferrà

 

1893-1983

 

Surrealism

 

 

Spanish

 

 

  • Won the Guggenheim International Award in 1958
  • Was a member of Generation of ’27, some of whom were murdered by Franco.
  • Was an exile of Franco’s fascist state.