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Action Painting
Changing concerns in the field of theory and practice reflected developments in the social and economic structures after the horrible events of World War II. The complex relationship between the loss of faith in the Enlightenment’s promise that rationality would produce increased freedom and changes in cultural value systems caused by revolutionary developments in science and technology brought into focus natural contradictions in modern thinking.
Abstract Expressionists of the 1940’s and 50’s were abstract artists because they had been schooled in early modern painting. They were expressionist artists because of their strong belief in the individual gesture and in the freedom to practice by any means, including the human figure (literally), to convey their intentions. Abstract Expressionism was the first art movement with both American and European roots. They reflected the strength of émigré artists such as Max Ernst, Matta, Arshile Gorky, and Piet Mondrian who had fled the war and destruction of Europe.
Abstract Expressionists used numerous source…
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