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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.
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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
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ab′stract expres′sionism


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