Water Figure

(1945)

Jackson Pollock, American, b. Cody, Wyoming, 1912–1956

Oil on canvas, 72 x 29 in. (182.7 x 73.7 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4087

Provenance:
Art of this Century, New York, 1946
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, c. 1946-47
Mrs. Graydon (Emily) Walker, Ridgefield, CT, c.1947-1959 **
Mrs. Anne Bakewell Davis (Mrs. William N. M. Davis)
Sotheby & Co., London, Sale, "Impressionist and Modern Paintings," 12 June 1963, no. 100, ill. facing p. 43
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, to 12 March 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 12 March 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
**HMSG rceords state Ridgefield, CT. O'Connor/Thaw catalogue raisonne claims location as West Redding, CT. Smith College exhibition catalogue states collection as Ridgefield.

Exhibition History:
ART OF THIS CENTURY, New York. Jackson Pollock, 2-20 April 1946, no.2.
SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Northampton, MA. Paintings from the Smith
Alumnae Collections, 14 October-18 November 1959, no. 45, ill. 103 (as Three Kings lent by Mrs. Graydon Walker).
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford, CT. Continuity and Change: 45 American
Abstract Painters and Sculptors, 12 April-27 May 1962, no. 116 (as Three Kings lent by Emily Walker).
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. Jackson Pollock, January-February 1964, no. 76.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 526.
HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years, 30 March-14 May 1978, no. 30. TOUR: SEIBU MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo, Japan, 17 June-12 July 1978; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 5 October-3 December 1978.
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Roslyn, New York. The Abstract Expressionists and Their Precursors, 17 January-22 March 1981, no. 65.
ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM, Edinburgh, U.K. (organized by SITES). Treasures of the Smithsonian, 11 August-4 November 1984.
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, New York. Wilfredo Lam and his Contemporaries1938-1952, 6 December 1992- 11 April 1993, no. 72, p.154.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Tokyo, Japan. Founders and Heirs of the New York School, 25 January-16 March 1997, p.100.
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Grand re-opening exhibition, 1 July 2006-4 July 2007.

Published References:
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM PAPERS. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D.C., microfilm roll no. ITVE1, frame 199.
WOLF, BEN. "By the Shores of Virtuosity," The Art Digest 20/14 (15 April 1946) p. 16.
UNSIGNED. "Here and There," Pictures on Exhibit 13/2 (November 1959) p. 66
(reference to Three Kings).
UNSIGNED. "Special Exhibition at Smith College," College Art Journal XIX/1 (Fall
1959) ill. P. 90.
O'CONNOR, FRANCIS V. Jackson Pollock (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1967)
p. 38.
LERNER, ABRAM ed. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York:
Abrams, 1974) p. 734, pl. 526.
LERNER, ABRAM. Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974) p. 734, pl. 375.
LYNES, RUSSELL. "From Century Ago to Just Yesterday at the Hirshhorn,"
Smithsonian 5/10 (January 1975) p. 48.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Art America, slide presentation,
December 1975.
DILLENBERGER, JOHN. Perception of the Spirit in Twentieth Century American Art
(Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1977) p. 112 (reference to Three Kings).
ART NOW INC. Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years, educational color slide series, 1978.
HUDSON, ANDREW. "Jackson Pollock and Lavender Mist," Galleries, Washington
D.C., (September 1978) p. 12.
O'CONNOR, FRANCIS VALENTINE and EUGENE VICTOR THAW. Jackson
Pollock: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Drawings, and Other Works Vol. 1 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1978) no. 127.
RANDEL, WILLIAM PEIRCE. The Evolution of American Taste (New York: A
Rutledge Book, Crown Publishers Inc., 1978) p. 140.
HYAMS, BARRY. Hirshhorn: Medici from Brooklyn (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1979) p.
193.
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Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Collection of Fine Arts, 1979).
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p.55.
PARK, EDWARDS. Treasures of the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian
Books, 1983).
Gallery of Fine Art (Tokyo: Shueisha Publishers, 1984) p. 312.
BARKER, PHYLLIS CLAUSEN. Short Lessons in Art History: 35 Artists and Their
Work (Portland, ME: J. Weston Walch, 1987) fig. 58, p. 176.
LEVIN, GAIL. Twentieth-century American Painting (New York: Sotheby's
Publications, 1987) fig. 1.
HUDSON, ANDREW. "Disappearing Masterpieces," Museum & Arts Washington IV/3
(May/June 1988) p 63, 78.
CERNUSCHI, CLAUDE. Jackson Pollock: Meaning and Significance (New York: Icon
Editions, 1992) fig. 35, p. 90.
Contemporary Great Masters (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1994) fig. 76.
Pollock: 1912-1956 (Paris: Cercle D'Art, 1997) fig. 29.
ASHTON, DORE. Founders and Heirs of the New York School (Japan: Yomiuri
Shinbunsha, 1997).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)