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Male and Female
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Male and Female

Jackson Pollock, American, 1912 - 1956

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

6 feet 1 1/4 inches × 48 15/16 inches (186.1 × 124.3 cm) Frame: 6 feet 4 1/2 inches × 52 inches (194.3 × 132.1 cm)

© Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gates Lloyd, 1974

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In November 1943 this painting was included in Jackson Pollock's stunning solo exhibition at Art of This Century, the innovative New York art gallery run by legendary art patron Peggy Guggenheim. As its title suggests, the work depicts a male figure, embodied in the black columnar form at right, with its mysterious arithmetic graffiti, and a curvy female figure at left, with marvelous catlike eyelashes. Standing on tiny triangular feet, both figures are surrounded by splashed and smeared oil paint that enhances the sense of energy inherent in the two vertical forms, while also foreshadowing the famous "drip" technique that Pollock would develop later that decade.