Portrait and a Dream, 1953
Dallas Museum of Art
In Portrait and a Dream, Pollock revisited the figure yet retained the freedom of line and composition he perfected in his abstract work. The image on the right side of the canvas has been interpreted as Jackson Pollock’s self-portrait. A similar face appeared in numerous drawings Pollock created over the years that many critics have suggested relate to his experiences with Jungian analysis, a branch of psychiatry that regards some symbols as universally present in the human subconscious. On the left, an image of a sketchily painted reclining female figure may embody the “dream” of the painting’s title.