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At the peak of his fame, this 20th century artist abruptly abandoned the style that launched him into the limelight and Polarized critics. 

Who is this artist and what's the name of the style he abandoned?

"When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc.,
because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come
through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the
result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and
take, and the painting comes out well."

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Ellen, Thanks for the guess but its not the artist.

More details will be added if no one can figure it out ...............
Pollock. And I understand him very well. The pure harmony he is speaking about is the main reason I paint.
The Artist name is-Jackson Pollock and the style he abandoned is the Drip Style.
Johnny got it 100% right, as did our mystery guest via email, Sin got 50% right. Congrats

Jackson Pollock was a reclusive artist with a volatile personality who struggled with alcoholism. His untimely death at 44 was caused by drunk driving. American Jackson Pollock was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement Because of his unique style of dripping paint on his canvas Pollock was referred to as "Jack the Dripper" in a 1956 issue of time magazine. At the height of his popularity he abandoned his "drip period" for more darker expressions. Under pressure from commercial galleries Pollock hit the bottle even harder leading to his eventual demise in a solo car accident. In 2000 an academy award winning movie entitled "Pollock" directed by and starring Ed Harris came out depicting episodes from the artists life.

Number 8, 1949 (detail) 1949 (280 Kb); Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas; Neuberger Museum, State University of New York
Artists like to get drunk, it shuts the brain off. It feels so good.
yuck, test.
Kandinsky cubism
Hi Mary welcome to Fresno Arts.

The quiz has already been answered, see the 5th post
So Rosemary you think his work is kind a yucky ah

Rosemary said:
yuck, test.

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