What is Abstract Expressionism?

“I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.” – – – – – – Jackson pollock

Abstract expressionism also known as the New York school is a post-World War II art movement in American painting that was developed in New York in the 1940s.
It can be described as the automatic or subconscious creation of art, it generally expresses emotional content and represents the psychological and subconscious depths in a person. So you can say it’s an art that reflects an individual psych.

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Although abstract expressionism holds the image of being spontaneous and improvised, most of the art works involved careful planing, especially when dealing with large ones. So, it is true that not everyone can do that! Well, technically everyone is capable of that in someway… Then, What is so great about abstract expressionism artists?

Painters and sculptors have participated in this art movement including Barnett newman, Willian De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler. But perhaps the most famous abstract expressionist was Jackson Pollock, who was well known for his unique style of drip painting. Jackson Pollock drew directly from his subconscious, and developed new techniques to present a style we have never seen before. Pollock’s paintings are highly technical paintings; that is, the drips are not random, nor is the technique accidental. Lines, figures, movements, and traces are sometimes deliberately constructed within the appearance of an accidental, non-compositional technique.

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