Tom and Jack

Tom and Jack

The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock

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A groundbreaking portrait of the intense personal and artistic relationship between Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, revealing how their friendship changed American art.

The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, trailblazing Abstract Expressionist, appear to be the polar opposite of Thomas Hart Benton's highly figurative Americana. Yet the two men had a close and highly charged relationship dating from Pollock's days as a student under Benton. Pollock's first and only formal training came from Benton, and the older man soon became a surrogate father to Pollock. In true Oedipal fashion, Pollock even fell in love with Benton's wife.

Pollock later broke away from his mentor artistically, rocketing to superstardom with his stunning drip compositions. But he never lost touch with Benton or his ideas--in fact, his breakthrough abstractions reveal a strong debt to Benton's teachings. I n an epic story that ranges from the caf#65533;s and salons of Gertrude Stein's Paris to the highways of the American West, Henry Adams, acclaimed author of Eakins Revealed , unfolds a poignant personal drama that provides new insights into two of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596914209
Branch Call Number: 759.13 Adams 12/2009
Characteristics: 405 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.

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Jun 27, 2018

A fascinating double biography of two great American artists who kept running into each other (usually on purpose) and whose styles are more similar than it would appear on the surface. The writing is not always easy to follow, and there could be more reproductions of the art (this is an art book, after all!) but some of the unfamiliar works are ones I haven't seen in other books.

Dec 13, 2010

Not in the same league as the Ratcliffe book. Was surprised at occasional silliness


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