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Unveiling the Unconscious: The Influence of Jungian Psychology on Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko

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Author: Sedivi, Amy Elizabeth
Advisor: Wallach, Alan, 1942-
Committee Members: Scott, Victoria H.; Nichols, Michael P.
Issued Date: 2009-05-13
Subjects: Abstract Expressionism
Jackson Pollock
Mark Rothko
20th Century American Art
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1205
Description: Jungian psychology was influential to a number of artists during the first half of the 20th century, including Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. This thesis provides an overview of Jungian psychology followed by an analysis of the effect of Jung on both the early and mature works of Pollock and Rothko. Pollock's association with Jungian psychotherapists allowed him to gain a greater understanding of Jungian theory. This knowledge can be seen in the iconography of his early works. Rothko's interaction with the Surrealists provided a similar understanding of Jungian psychology. Both artists evolved throughout their careers, but Jung's influence remained present.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Art and Art History

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