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Colour Field Painting


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Term referring to large New York School paintings that privilege color over form. Deriving from the numinous abstract expressionist tendency notably exemplified by the work of Mark Rothko, it developed in the 1950s in the work of such artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Jules Olitski. More decorative and less psychologically fervid than most abstract expressionism, color field painting comprised grandly scaled, intensely hued works, often more lyric than anguished.


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