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Big Brother Pollock

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Jackson Pollock’s Older Brother Charles Was the Family’s First Artist. Now, an Exhibition Brings Their Work Together for the First Time

Their careers diverged, but the brothers remained devoted to each other.

by Katie White

Jackson and Charles Pollock in New York 1930 Courtesy of the Archives of Charles Pollock, Paris.
Jackson and Charles Pollock in New York 1930 Courtesy of the Archives of Charles Pollock, Paris.

Did Jackson Pollock become an artist because he was copycatting his older brother? Believe it or not, the pugnacious Abstract Expressionist was the baby brother in his family—the youngest of five sons born to Leroy and Stella Pollock. What’s more, he wasn’t his family’s first artist. That title belonged to Charles, the eldest of the Pollock brood and a decade Jackson’s senior. 

“Charles started this whole damn thing,” said Sanford McCoy, the Pollocks’ middle brother, once in an interview. “Charles was the fellow who had the intellectual curiosity all along.”

Now, “Charles and Jackson Pollock” an exhibition at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, (through March 28) marks the first time that works by the two brothers have been shown side by side. 

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Posted on March 19, 2021 by Editor

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