|Painting Name||Number 11 1952 (aka Blue Poles)|
|Painter Name||Jackson Pollock|
|Size||212.1 cm × 488.9 cm (83.5 in × 192.5 in)|
|Technique||Enamel and aluminium paint with glass|
|Current Location||National Gallery of Australia Canberra|
Initially, as the painter prefers, the title of the painting was simply as Number 11, 1952 but later on in 1954, Pollock gave it another name alongside, Blue Poles. Some critics were disgruntled by the name alteration/addition, saying that a verbal name for such drip painting was limiting the viewers’ imagination by forcing them to search for the blue poles. Instead, the numerical names which artist always gave to the public provided the freedom to interpret and understand the art-work according to their temperament. That’s what, as said, was the essence of a drip painting.
It was purchased by the Australian government in 1973 for a then staggering amount of $ 1.3 million. Today, the estimated price is between US$20 million to US$100 million.
Pollock was one of the few fortunate painters (another was Pablo Picasso) in the history of art, whose artworks were sold in millions during their lifetime. Thus, making them rich, too.