action painting


action painting

noun

Definition of ACTION PAINTING

:  abstract expressionism marked especially by the use of spontaneous techniques (as dribbling, splattering, or smearing)
action painter noun

First Known Use of ACTION PAINTING

1952

Rhymes with ACTION PAINTING

action painting

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Direct, instinctual, dynamic style of painting that involves the spontaneous application of vigorous, sweeping brush strokes and the chance effects of dripping and spilling paint onto the canvas. The term characterizes the work of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. The “automatic” techniques developed in Europe by the Surrealists in the 1920s and '30s had great influence on U.S. artists, who regarded a picture not merely as a finished product but as a record of the process of its creation. It was a major force in Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. See also automatism, Tachism.

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