action painting


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

Examples of action painting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One escort takes revenge on the boys by leaving a huge mess of excrement all over the toilet, an action painting in brown shown in great detail here for no discernible artistic reason, apart from shock value. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Happenings took the painting out of action painting and left only the action. Frank Rose, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 Regardless, this action painted the pair in the worst light. Marcus Hayes,, 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. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, 13 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of action painting was in 1952

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“Action painting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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