Abstract Expressionism Definition

A school of painting that flourished after World War II until the early 1960s, characterized by the view that art is nonrepresentational and chiefly improvisational.
American Heritage
A post-WWII movement in painting characterized by emphasis on the artist's spontaneous and self-expressive application of paint in creating a nonrepresentational composition.
Webster's New World

(usually capitalized) An American genre of modern art that used improvised techniques, such as sinuous linearity, to generate highly abstract forms while allowing the artist spontaneity. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]


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