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Creator Name: Brooks, James
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1906 - 1992
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Creator Death Place: Brookhaven, Long Island
Creator Name-CRT: James Brooks
Title: Untitled
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1952
Creation End Date: 1952
Creation Date: 1952
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: tempera or gouache and white oil paint
Dimensions: Sheet: 72.7cm x 57.1cm
Inscriptions: signed, lower right, in black ink: J. Brooks ; verso, upper center, in graphite: WC #5 - 1952 / gouache / 23 x 29 ; center left, in graphite: 3 [circled] ; lower right, in graphite: lt. cr. [upside down] ; lower right, in blue ball point pen: 11227B ['B' circled]
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.40
Credit Line: Alma Kroeger Fund
Provenance: [Washburn Gallery, New York]

The group of artists working in New York in the late 1940s and early 1950s who became known as Abstract Expressionists revolutionized painting in the 20th century. The American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) became famous for his technique of dripping and splattering paint to develop an expansive overall composition. James Brooks, who started out as a relatively traditional artist, was strongly influenced by Pollock and similarly used the pouring and dripping of paint as a way to express emotive force. He was also influenced by the compositional structure of another abstract expressionist working at the same time, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), who favored loosely brushed, overlapping planes of color similar to what we see in the work shown here.

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.40
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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