365 Days of Art: August 11 – Jackson Pollock Dies

A man stands on a large canvas unrolled in a field, among paint cans, crouching and concentrating, holding a paintbrush

Jackson Pollock painting outside at Springs

August 11, 1956

Jackson Pollock dies in a car crash while driving drunk. He has been a serious alcoholic for most of his life, going on binges, getting in fights, losing jobs, and alienating friends. He’s been to rehab, and even quit drinking for one prolonged period.

Also in the car are his mistress Ruth Kligman, who survives, and her friend Edith Metzger whom he kills.