Pollock' s most famous paintings were made during the "drip period";1947 / 1950.
At the peak of his fame,
Pollock abruptly abandoned the drip style. Pollock's work after 1951 was darker
in color, including a collection
painted in black on unprimed canvases. This was followed by a return to color and
he reintroduced figurative elements.
After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, on August 11,
1956, died in a single-car crash in his
Oldsmobile while driving under the influence of alcohol. One of the passengers,
Edith Metzger, was also killed
in the accident, which occurred less than a mile from Pollock's home. The other
passenger, Pollock's mistress
Ruth Kligman, survived. After Pollock's demise at age 44, his widow, Lee Krasner,
managed his estate and
ensured that Pollock's reputation remained strong despite changing art-world trends.
They are buried in Green River Cemetery in Springs.
A separate organization, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, was established in 1985.