Color Field "Abstract Expressionism"
a style of American abstract painting prominent from the late 1940s to the 1960s that features large expanses of unmodulated color covering the greater part of the canvas. Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko were considered its chief exponents.
"We are creating images whose reality is self-evident and which are devoid of the props and crutches that evoke associations with outmoded images, both sublime and beautiful...The image we produce is the self-evident one of revelation, real and concrete, that can be understood by anyone who will look at it without the nostalgic glasses of history." - Barnett Newman
Color field painting emerged out of the attempts of several artists in the late 1940s to devise a modern, mythic art. Seeking to connect with the primordial emotions locked in ancient myths, rather than the symbols themselves, they sought a new style that would do away with any suggestion of illustration.
Color field painting marks a major development in abstract painting, since it was the first style to resolutely avoid the suggestion of a form or mass standing out against a background. Instead, figure and ground are one, and the space of the picture, conceived as a field, seems to spread out beyond the edges of the canvas.
How it Started & How it became popular
Colour field painting came about as a result of different independent attempts by Still, Rothko and Newman, during the late 1940s, to create an eternal form of art which might transcend the ethical collapse triggered by the chaos and carnage of World War II: a type of painting that would speak for itself
What makes color Field Paintings distinct from other types of Art?
Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still, who were looking for a unique style of abstraction. The artists’ attempts were to create a modern and mythical form of painting, walking away from fi gures and forms and toward a pure connection with myths and emotions.
How the name Color Field " Abstract Expresionism" came about..
Jackson Pollock’s art conveys the mindset of Abstract Expressionism. Pollock argued, “The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through”. Pollock reveals the life of the painting through “actions,” an energetic technique of dripping and pouring paint on a canvas that is placed directly on the floor. Pollock explained, “On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting… Since this way I can walk around in it… Work from the four sides and be literally ‘in’ the painting.”
Color Field Paintnigs " Abstract ExpressIonism" was the name given for this art because, Colorfield painters believe that art could encourage the physical sensation of time and being there with the work.
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