ab·​strac·​tion·​ism | \ ab-ˈstrak-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce abstractionism (audio) , əb- \

Definition of abstractionism

: the principles or practice of creating abstract art

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abstractionist \ ab-​ˈstrak-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce abstractionism (audio) , əb-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of abstractionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1958, at the recommendation of Philip Johnson, the Bronfman family, owners of Joseph Seagram, Ltd, offered a commission to Rothko, then a rising star of abstractionism, to paint a series of murals for The Four Seasons. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, 25 Feb. 2014 Werner Drewes An exhibition of paintings and prints by the German artist (1899-1985), a member of the Bauhaus school who later brought abstractionism to the United States. Carrie Donovan, Washington Post, 24 May 2017 Khrushchev, who had simple tastes and was facing serious political challenges, flew into a rage against abstractionism and made threats of coercion. Raymond H. Anderson, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of abstractionism

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abstractionism

abstraction + -ism

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“Abstractionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstractionism. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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