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gestural painting

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A term describing the application of paint with expansive gestures so that the sweep of the artist's arm is deliberately emphasized. It 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. The term has been applied particularly to Abstract Expressionism and is sometimes used more or less as a synonym for Action Painting. However, it can also apply to figurative painting, notably Neo-Expressionism.

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