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abstract expressionism

n.
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.

abstract expressionism

n
(Art Movements) a school of painting in New York in the 1940s that combined the spontaneity of expressionism with abstract forms in unpremeditated, apparently random, compositions. See also action painting, tachisme

ab′stract expres′sionism


n. (sometimes caps.)
experimental, nonrepresentational painting marked by spontaneous expression.
[1950–55, Amer.]
ab′stract expres′sionist, n., adj.

Abstract Expressionism

a spontaneous, intuitive painting technique producing nonformal work characterized by sinuous lines. Also called Action Painting.
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abstract expressionism

(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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Noun1.abstract expressionism - a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractionsAbstract 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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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