When the German-born American painter Hans Hofmann invited Pollock to study with him and work more from nature, Pollock replied: “I am nature.” For a time, Pollock sprayed paint onto the canvas through a syringe. In the summer of 1938, Pollock had a nervous breakdown, which left him in a psychiatric care unit for a few months. While living in Los Angeles, Pollock’s eldest brother, Charles, kept the rest of the family informed with what was happening in the art world by regularly sending home issues of The Dial and American Mercury. Some people would buy Pollock drinks at the bar just to see what kind of bizarre antics he would get up to when drunk. In January 1951, Art News published a list of the best exhibitions of 1950. The top three shows belonged to Pollock.