Abstract Expressionism

     Abstract expressionism is a movement in American painting of the late 1940s and
early 1950s acclaimed throughout the world. The dominance of American art dates
from the success of the Abstract Expressionists, their formal innovations and
new techniques were crucial to the development of Western art, and many artists
today still make use of their ideas or react against them. Abstract

Expressionism was first used to describe the works of Kandinsky and Robert

Coates. The main characteristics of Abstract expressionism paintings are large
scaled, generally abstract but with some figurative elements. The artists had
laid great stress on the process of painting, regarding it as a ritual act, they
often used household paints and developed methods of applying them to the
canvas, The major figures of the movement were Willem De Kooning, Jackson



Willen De Kooning: Easter Monday, 1956 Jackson

Pullock: No.1 (Lavender Mist), 1950