abstract expressionism

  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.

Origin of abstract expressionism

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
  • Sometimes Abstract Expressionism .

Other words from abstract expressionism

  • abstract expressionist, noun

Words Nearby abstract expressionism

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How to use abstract expressionism in a sentence

  • “Jasper and I used to start each day by having to move out from abstract expressionism,” Rauschenberg once said.

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British Dictionary definitions for abstract expressionism

abstract expressionism

  1. 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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Cultural definitions for abstract expressionism

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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