col·​or-field ˈkə-lər-ˌfēld How to pronounce color-field (audio)
often attributive
: abstract painting in which color is emphasized and form and surface are correspondingly de-emphasized

Examples of color-field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Willem de Looper Many color-field abstractionists have rejected the notion that their pictures look like landscapes, but sometimes the resemblance is hard to deny. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Only hints of that interest are visible in this selection, which consists principally of 1980s color-field paintings. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 When fixed inside plastic boxes, rumpled sheets of reflective Mylar bunting come to resemble color-field canvases, with creases standing in for brushstrokes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 The first of these versions is bracketed by two color blocks, one blue and the other red; these refer to color-field painting but also to the uniforms of the French and British, respectively. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 The high-tech construction of LED lights translates hard-edge color-field painting into continually mutating light patterns controlled by the artist’s custom software. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023 Helen Frankenthaler is best known for her soak-stain paintings—raw canvases saturated with washes of paint that helped birth the color-field movement. Carol Kino, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of color-field was in 1964

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“Color-field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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