Understanding art part 2: The difference between an artist and a painter

Jackson Pollock was one of the most influential artists of his generation.

What many don’t know is that he had an older brother named Charles. Charles Pollock was a painter, not an artist.

Charles insisted that his work be like his mentor, Thomas Hart Benton.

And if you look at a Thomas Hart Benton (left) and a Charles Pollock (right), their work is nearly identical.

Without a doubt Charles had put in the hours it takes to master a brush. But what he lacked wasn’t technical skill—it was guts

The guts to try things that might not work, to strain the boundaries of what’s possible, to show us how he sees the world.

And that is why no one remembers Charles Pollock.