Jackson Pollock

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Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.
During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety; he was a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy.
Pollock died on 11 August 1956, at the age of 44, in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In December 1956, just four months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).