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.
- Sometimes Abstract Expressionism .
- abstract expressionist, noun
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How to use abstract expressionism in a sentence
Thomas’s work has long been associated with the Washington Color School and, more generally, abstract expressionism, embracing the color psychology of the former and the action-packed canvases of the latter.Washington celebrates Alma Thomas, the late D.C. painter who sought beauty in the everyday | Kelsey Ables | September 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Their size, their subtlety, their lack of any representational material and their use of monochromatic wax and encaustic all seem to suggest an effort to domesticate the male-dominated world of abstract expressionism.Artist Lynda Benglis became controversial in an instant, but her career has thrived for decades | Philip Kennicott | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.
At the most fundamental level, abstract expressionism evokes existential angst for instance, and Pop Art satirizes consumerism.
abstract expressionism defined the artistic climate in which the photographs for The Americans were produced.
British Dictionary definitions for abstract expressionism
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Cultural definitions for abstract expressionism
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