Vintage Footage of Picasso and Jackson Pollock Painting … Through Glass

We occasionally like to connect the dots around here. So today we’re showcasing two videos that feature Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock at work — both painting through glass. We start with Picasso at his atelier in Vallauris, France, painting abstractions on a glass pane while a camera rolls on the other side. This striking scene comes from Visite à Picasso, a 1950 film by Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts, which can be viewed in its entirety online.

Next we shift geographies. We head from France to the United States. But the year pretty much remains the same. In 1950, Hans Namuth approached Jackson Pollock and asked the painter if he could photograph him working with his “drip” technique of painting. A photo shoot followed, but Namuth wasn’t satisfied that he had captured the essence of Pollock’s work. He wanted to capture Pollock in motion and in color. Above, you can watch Namuth’s second effort, a ten-minute film, simply called Jackson Pollock 51. We start you at the 5:48 mark, when Pollock starts putting his brush to glass….

Both films mentioned above appear in our collection of Free Movies Online.

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  1. Thorn da Costa says . . . | March 7, 2012 / 9:30 am

    A orivalige to see and if you think
    words are needed to express its impact go back and watch it again.

  2. Thorn da Costa says . . . | March 7, 2012 / 9:32 am

    My spell check is dyslexic as I am by the way. :)

  3. Santiago Ortega Peña says . . . | October 27, 2012 / 12:31 am


    Pablo Picasso… throug glass,..look to times to see just,..not wateh more than once to look beautiful.

  4. vinod vishwakarma says . . . | October 31, 2012 / 9:54 am

    sukh santi

  5. vinod vishwakarma says . . . | October 31, 2012 / 9:59 am

    i like india

  6. miriam says . . . | August 11, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    Hi there.

    My name is Miriam Kenter. I’m working on a documentary for the ABC and the BBC about the Art of Australia.

    I am hoping that you can help us locate the footage – Jackson pollock 51 – by Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg.

    I would like to license it for use in the series!? Can you advise where you obtained the footage.

    We are urgently looking for it.

    Miriam Kenter
    Please email or in Australia 0423 984 402


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