American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, best known for his action paintings, described his works as "energy and motion made visible." For his "drip" paintings — see the numbered pieces of 1947 - 1950 — the artist tacked a canvas to the floor, then walked around it flinging, pouring, dribbling, and smearing the paint to create an elaborate all-over work of overlapping lines and free-wheeling shapes. He said he used this technique so as to "literally be in the painting" during the process of creation.

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