Abstract expressionism provided artists a way to convey their creativity and artistic expression in a wide array of styles and techniques. But even if it was known for being such a diverse art movement, abstract expressionism was characterized by three general approaches:
Probably the most known of the three, action painting, also known as gestural abstraction, is defined by paint spontaneously and loosely dripped or spilled onto the canvas. The brushstrokes or patterns might seem like they were dictated by chance, and while it is partially true, the painting is done with intent.
Abstract Impressionism, also called color imagist or color field is considered the middle ground in abstract expressionism, for it is less spontaneous and more structured than action painting and more dynamic or expressive than the third approach. It is characterized by delicate imagery, fluid shapes, and almost calligraphic pictures.
Least expressive approach
This approach had no known name, but it is defined as the subtlest abstract expressionism style. By using well-defined abstract images and large areas or fields of pure color, it is meant to evoke meditation and personal reflection. The most prominent artists of this style (i.e. Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman), explained, “We favor the simple expression of the complex thought.”
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