A few weeks ago I ran across this blog called wait but why and this powerful post. The other day, they posted horizontal history. Usually when you study history you look at the events that led up to something and then the ones that came after. Horizontal history instead looks at what other events are happening at the same time. Interesting I thought and then I went on.
I was in the midst of a daily sketchbook routine where I'd read for 20 minutes or so and then sketch. I had picked up a book about Jackson Pollock because my son came home from school very excited about him. The book was mostly about his painting Mural, pictured above.
At one time in my life I would say I was a big fan of Pollock, but right now his work isn't really speaking to me as much. What I found myself most interesting right now was the mentions of other artists, some friends of his and others just his contemporaries. And that brought me back to horizontal history. I thought well, what other paintings were made in 1943 beside Mural? What did the art scene look like that year? Here's six that I found:
I found it pretty interesting to look at things this way and it got me thinking of other ways to apply horizontal history.