Art of The 1940’s


     The 1940’s was a decade of war against Japan and Germany for America.  Although it was war time there was still artists painting, and making music.  The 1940’s gave birth to many styles of art.  One of the art styles that were popular was abstract expressionism.  One of the most famous artists of the time was Paul Jackson Pollock, or Jackson Pollock.  One of his most famous art works is Number 5.  The popular style of music in the 1940’s was Big Band. One of the most famous musicians of this era was Frank Sinatra. One of his most famous works in the 40’s was Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)

     The art style of abstract expressionism was the first specifically American artistic movement that influenced the world and put New York City at the center of the art world.  Jackson Pollock was one of the many abstract expressionist artists. Paul Jackson Pollock, or more commonly known as Jackson Pollock was born January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, he grew up in Arizona, and Chico, California.  In 1930 he moved, with his brother to New York, where he studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League of New York.  He’s most famous works were painted during what is called the “drip period.”  His most famous work during the 1940’s was No. 5.  Pollock died on August 11, 1956 at the age of 44.  He died in a single car crash, because he was driving under the influence.

     One of the most famous musicians of the 1940’s was Francis Albert Sinatra, or more known as Frank Sinatra.  Sinatra was born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey.  He began his career in 1935, when his mother perused the group called, The Three Flashes, to let Sinatra to join them; after Sinatra had joined they had been known as the Hoboken Four. Sinatra left the Hoboken Four.  On March 14, 1939 he made his first recording, which was called “Our Love” with the Frank Mane Band.  In 1940, Sinatra appeared in his first film called Las Vegas Nights. May 1941, Sinatra had become the top male singer according to Billboard and Downbeat magazines.  Sinatra recorded his first solo session in January 1942.  Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, due to a heart attack, at the age of 82. 

     The 1940’s style of art, called abstract expressionism was the ancestor of contemporary art.  The 1940’s popular style of music, called Big Band, lead to Adult Contemporary and Rock and Roll.  Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest artist of his time, with his song Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week). Jackson Pollock was one of the greatest artists of his time and influenced many artist of this time.











Bibliography: Frank Sinatra: ; Article Name: Frank Sinatra ; Article Name: 1935-1940: Start of career, work with James and Dorsey ; Article Name: 1940-1950: Sinatramania and decline of career

Bibliography:Paul Jackson Pollock:  ; Article Name: Jackson Pollock
; Article name: Early life ; Article Name: The Springs period and the unique technique ; Article Name: Death

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