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abstract expressionism

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noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
  1. a movement in experimental, nonrepresentational painting originating in the U.S. in the 1940s, with sources in earlier movements, and embracing many individual styles marked in common by freedom of technique, a preference for dramatically large canvases, and a desire to give spontaneous expression to the unconscious.
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Origin of abstract expressionism

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
Related formsabstract expressionist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abstract expressionism

abstract expressionism

noun
  1. a school of painting in New York in the 1940s that combined the spontaneity of expressionism with abstract forms in unpremeditated, apparently random, compositionsSee also action painting, tachisme
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abstract expressionism in Culture

abstract expressionism

A school of art that flourished primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s, noted for its large-scale, nonrepresentational works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

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