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action painting

A style of abstract painting that uses techniques such as the dribbling or splashing of paint to achieve a spontaneous effect.

action painter n.

action painting

(Art Movements) a development of abstract expressionism evolved in the 1940s, characterized by broad vigorous brush strokes and accidental effects of thrown, smeared, dripped, or spattered paint. Also called: tachisme See also abstract expressionism

ac′tion paint`ing

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

Action Painting

Abstract Expressionism.
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Noun1.action painting - a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractionsaction painting - a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions; the first important school of American painting to develop independently of European styles
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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She unironically--in fact, entirely convincingly--embraces the role of a true action painter, however grandiose, invasive, mischievous, or decorative such a project may prove to be today.
The iconic St Mark Freeing the Slave from the Agony of Torture (1547-48) reveals a figurative action painter who loves flying figures--indeed, our comic book artists owe him an essential debt, for Tintoretto is the painter of flux.
The Dream Master Entertainment show has been created by artistic directors and choreographers Marcela Bello and Javier Galeano and includes bubble contortionists, an action painter and a dancer with a colourful spinning act.
Being an action painter and sparing in his use of colour, a conventional alignment of his canvases might have been a bit wearisome--and he tended to avoid this himself.
Simon begins with thick slabs of leatherhard earthenware, vigorously laying out the shapes to be carved, her arm moving like an action painter.
The second shows modern art's most famous action painter, Jackson Pollock, kneeling on the floor of his studio dribbling paint.
ED Harris is great in the lead role of this movie, based on the life of famed action painter Jackson Pollock.
French action painter Georges Mathieu's 1957 Japan tour was no doubt an influence here, as cocurators Hiroko Ikegami and Reiko Tomii highlight in their well-researched catalogue.
Tress attacks his works with the gestural vigour of an action painter.
Tuke was not an action painter, and it is too obvious that the figures were arranged in the studio--a problem he never fully overcame.

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