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Color Field Painting


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circa (1940-1950)


Color Field Painting focuses on the lyrical effects of large areas of color, often poured or stained onto the canvas. Color Field painting is a style of abstract painting that arose in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was inspired by European modernism and similar to Abstract Expressionism, while many of its prominent early advocates were among the original Abstract Expressionists. Color Field painting is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas; creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. There is less emphasis on gesture, brushstrokes and action in favor of an overall consistency of form and process. Color field painters came on the scene in Great Britain, Canada, Washington, DC., and the West Coast of the United States using formats of stripes, targets, simple geometric patterns and references to landscape imagery and to nature. Young artists began to depart stylistically from abstract expressionism; experimenting with new ways of making pictures; and new ways of handling paint and color. In the early 1960s several and various new movements in abstract painting were closely related to each other, and were categorized together; although they turned out to be profoundly different in the long run.


see also. Joan Miró, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell





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