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A school of painting that flourished after World War II until the early 1960s, characterized by the view that art is nonrepresentational and chiefly improvisational.
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n. (sometimes caps.)
experimental, nonrepresentational painting marked by spontaneous expression.
ab′stract expres′sionist, n., adj.
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a spontaneous, intuitive painting technique producing nonformal work characterized by sinuous lines. Also called Action Painting.See also: Art
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(c. 1940–) A movement that developed in New York in the 1940s which broke away from the realism hitherto dominant in American art, and which became the first American movement to have a significant influence on European art. Notable pracitioners included Jackson Pollock (the main exponent of action painting) and De Kooning.
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|Noun||1.||Abstract Expressionism - a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions; the first important school of American painting to develop independently of European styles|
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