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The artistic experimentation of Pollock’s paintings reflects the strong influence from the Surrealist psychic automatism present in the works of artists like Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.
Pollock’s Action Painting also raised from a 1939 Picasso exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
While some heavily criticized his works, other renowned critics like Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg praised Pollock. As an example, Rosenberg stated: “many of the painters were ‘Marxists’; they had been trying to paint Society. Others had been trying to paint art – it amounts to the same thing. The big moment came when it was decided to paint…just to PAINT. The gesture on the canvas was a gesture of liberation, from Value – political, aesthetic, moral.