Tachism


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tach·isme

or tach·ism  (tăsh′ĭz′əm)
n.
A French school of art originating in the 1950s and characterized by irregular dabs and splotches of color applied haphazardly to the canvas.

[French tachisme, from tache, stain, from Old French teche, mark, of Germanic origin; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

tach′iste, tach′ist n.

ac′tion paint`ing


n.
abstract expressionist painting involving typically the free and energetic dribbling or throwing of paint on canvas.
[1950–55, Amer.]
ac′tion paint`er, n.

Tachism, Tachisme

a movement of the early 1950s which claimed to be in revolt against both Abstractism and naturalism, taking its name from patches of color (Fr. taches) placed on canvas spontaneously and by chance, the result being considered an emotional projection rather than an expression or a symbol. Cf. Abstract Expressionism. — Tachist, Tachiste, n.
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At least three I know of, it could have started in more, in France is was Tachism, you've hear of Tachism, their approach to spontaneity in painting, Abstract Expressionism in America, and in Scandinavia and Holland you had the CoBrA and they were smart.
The latter had castigated tachism and Informel in terms all too familiar from the days of "degenerate" expressionism, decrying "a fashionable tendency arising out of a macabre taste for all that is pathological and materially fetid in the human condition.
Freed from the constraints of prescribed subjects and style, Polish artists reasserted their interest in Surrealism, a subject of much fascination before the war, and avidly investigated "the 'forbidden' Paris of existentialist anxiety" coupled with "the liberating gestures of Tachism.