by Jonathan Jones / The Guardian

Pollock was a desperate, failing artist struggling to survive in New York. He had been declared medically unfit to serve in the war as a result of alcohol dependence and depression.

The artist started drinking as a teenager in Los Angeles. He came from a rural family so poor and rootless that even their name was not their own – his father was given away, perhaps even sold, as a child to a farming couple called the Pollocks, who used him practically as a slave. Oddly, the Pollock sons – starting with the eldest, Charles, whom his kid brothers, including Jackson, emulated – all wanted to be artists.  Read the full article