Here’s a Photograph of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner Carving a Thanksgiving Turkey!

11/24/2011 11:10 AM |

(Courtesy the Archives of Amerian Art, apologies for the watermarks)

  • (Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.)

In light of his drip paintings you might very reasonably expect Jackson Pollock‘s Thanksgiving spread to look like a sprawling, stuffing-speckled mess of shredded turkey. But in 1950—when this photograph from the Archives of American Art was taken—with his mother Stella visiting, Pollock and his wife, the artist Lee Krasner, cleaned up their act and carved this very conventional turkey—while drinking a shit-ton, obvs. Famous artists: they’re just like us!