In 1929 Pollock moved to New York to study under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. He was soon a Benton family intimate,taking hard-drinking Benton as a role model,artistically and behaviorally.Soon he began suffering from alcoholism and started undergoing psychiatric treatment in the late 1930th. He had a nervous breakdown in 1938 and was hospitalized.
In the process of making paintings in this way, he moved away from representing figures. He also moved away from the use of only the hand and wrist, since he used his whole body to paint. In 1956 “Time” magazine called Pollock “Jack the Dripper” as a result of his unique painting style.