action painting

noun

Definition of action painting

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

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action painter noun

Examples of action painting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regardless, this action painted the pair in the worst light. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, 9 June 2018 In a bid to build trust with users, the $13 billion social-media giant has pledged over and over to increase its transparency, but its actions paint a different picture. vanityfair.com, 13 Oct. 2017 In a bid to build trust with users, the $13 billion social-media giant has pledged over and over to increase its transparency, but its actions paint a different picture. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of action painting

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Action painting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/action%20painting. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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