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or tach·ism  (tăsh′ĭz′əm)
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.
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(Art Movements) an artist who practises tachisme
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Quand le critique d'art et le directeur de section [beaucoup moins que]Art Moderne[beaucoup plus grand que] a Paris Pierre Gaudibert est venu voir mon travail accompagne de Cherkaoui, ma mere est venue nous montrer une composition completement abstraite et tachiste sur carton a la maniere d'un tapis.
In this regard, Reigl falls squarely within the purview of the so-called Tachiste painting typical of French postwar abstraction.
Influenced by the realism of Courbet and Manet, he adopted a style known as "tachiste" (from the French tacher, to mark or stain), with heavy paint application, visible brush strokes and rich, earthy tonalities.
Cet artiste professionnel (reside au Maroc depuis novembre 2000) a pu developper une demarche plastique originale qui releve de la liberte gestuelle voire tachiste loin de tout usage classique des motifs.
I remember that it was a sunny day and the light was beautiful with many pink Tachiste paintings around.
From Alberto Burri's tachiste allusions to blood-soaked bandages to the quasi-alchemical experiments of arte povera, postwar Italy has produced numerous artists captivated by the transformative properties of elemental matter.
Yes, Francis churned out an awful lot of decoratively tachiste crap over the years, but when his best paintings are measured against Diebenkorn's, it's no contest as to who was the greater California painter.
And because of his work in France during his youth - in literary journals and so on - he was responsive to the Tachistes as well, and was just beginning to have a certain empathy, a certain response, to the Nouveaux Realistes, right before he died.