Water Figure


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

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.
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.
HEADLEY, DIANE UPRIGHT. The Drawings of Morris Louis (Washington D.C.:
Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Collection of Fine Arts, 1979).
FRANK, ELIZABETH. Jackson Pollock (New York: Abbeville Press, 1983) fig. 44,
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)