From Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," the authors write the following:
With only a few months remaining before the scheduled March exhibition at Art of this Century, Jackson had virtually nothing to show. In the months immediately after finishing the Guggenheim mural, he had only produced a handful of exhibition-quality paintings, all of them in the same dense, rhythmic, abstract style. He had tried variations: sharp, jagged lines instead of great, flowing curves in The Night Dancer; smoky, turbulent browns instead of bright teal and turquoise in Night Ceremony. In Night Mist, he even stepped back across the line of abstraction toward fragmented imagery of Pasiphae.