Abstract Expressionism - (Fine Art) Term

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Abstract Expressionism - (Fine Art) Term applied to a movement in American painting and art, that was first coined in relation to the work of Vasily Kandinsky in 1929. This movement flourished in the 1940s and 1950s, sometimes referred to as the New York School or Action Painting. The works of the generation of artists active in New York from the 1940s and regarded as Abstract Expressionists had a diverse range of style. It undeniably became the first American visual art to attain international status and influence. Abstract Expressionism has been interpreted as an especially ‘American’ style because of its attention to the physical immediacy of paint. The artists were linked by a concern with varying degrees of abstraction used to convey strong emotional or expressive content. However, the majority of Abstract Expressionists rejected critical labels and shared, a common sense of moral purpose and alienation from American society. It has also been seen as a continuation of the Romantic tradition of the Sublime.


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