Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Art and Art History


Alan Wallach

Committee Members

Victoria H. Scott

Michael P. Nichols


Jungian psychology was influential to a number of artists during the first half of the 20th century, including Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. This thesis provides an overview of Jungian psychology followed by an analysis of the effect of Jung on both the early and mature works of Pollock and Rothko. Pollock's association with Jungian psychotherapists allowed him to gain a greater understanding of Jungian theory. This knowledge can be seen in the iconography of his early works. Rothko's interaction with the Surrealists provided a similar understanding of Jungian psychology. Both artists evolved throughout their careers, but Jung's influence remained present.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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