Pollock's life was just as fascinating (but much more tragic) as his art, IMO. He was a raging alcoholic who sobered up for 5 years and turned out most of his art in that short time. He lived in East Hampton, where he was largely supported by the insanely wealthy Alfonso Ossorio and his gay lover, Ted Dragon. They owned the Creeks, one of the nicest estates in the Hamptons to this day (IMO). Pollock's demons burst out all at once and he started drinking again, I think in the late 50's? His death is tragic...he was extremely drunk and driving to The Creeks one night when he flew off the road at 90 MPH; he was thrown from the car and went head first into a tree like a javelin. His head literally split in two. His mistress survived the crash, but some other woman they were with died. in case you were wondering why I know such gruesome details, I'm reading a book on the history of the Hamptons.