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A. A term describing the application of paint with expansive gestures so that the sweep of the artist s ARM is deliberately emphasized. The term carries an implication that the artist s actions express his or her emotions and personality, just as in other walks of life gestures express a person s feelings. …
B. branch of Abstract Expressionism that concentrates on colorful shapes and expanses of color which emphasize the literal flatness
C. Term coined by the critic Harold Rosenberg, who thought of the canvas as an arena in which violent and heroic actions were performed by artistic warriors
D. A term applied to the works of Pollock, in which there are no distinct shapes. Rather, his open, interpenetrating lines form an “overall” field in which every area of the canvas is of equal value, and no single object stands out from the total “mass image.”

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Asked by Ohsosweet, Last updated: Feb 20, 2020

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i.Rubiny

I.Rubiny

Answered Sep 25, 2017

Color field painting is an art technique that takes a solid color and spreads it around a large, flat expanse of the canvas. The point is to make the picture as colorful, but as flat, as possible. This also allows the subject of the piece to be the color and the shapes, nothing more. The colors take the form of geometric shapes - circles, triangles, squares, etc.

That said, sometimes these paintings contain references to landscapes or nature in general. The color field painting movement was pretty much localized to the United States of America. It began in Washington, D.C. and spread west. A list of prominent color field painters includes Jack Bush, Al Held, Ray Parker, J.S. Parker, and Joe Goode.

 

ohsosweet

Ohsosweet

Answered Aug 29, 2017

Branch of Abstract Expressionism that concentrates on colorful shapes and expanses of color which emphasize the literal flatness
 

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