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Color Field Movement
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was a chromatic abstractionist whose paintings appear as shimmering veils of color suspended in front of the canvas.
Known for his abstract expressionist works that were created with blocks of color and vertical lines, that he referred to as zips.
Mountains and Sea
1952, oil and charcoal on canvas
was a color-field painter, who created billowy fluid veils of color.
Although not as widely known as some of his New York School contemporaries, he was the first to break through to a new and radically abstract style devoid of obvious subject matter. His mature pictures employ great fields of color to evoke dramatic conflicts between man and nature taking place on a monumental scale. "These are not paintings in the usual sense," he once said, "they are life and death merging in fearful union...they kindle a fire; through them I breathe again, hold a golden cord, find my own revelation." A believer in art's moral value in a disorienting modern world.
Olitski is most famous for his innovation of painting using multiple spray guns, applied to unprimed and unstretched canvases
Color Field Painting
A technique in abstract painting developed in the 1950s. It focuses on the lyrical effects of large areas of color, often poured or stained onto the canvas. Newman, Rothko, and Frankenthaler painted in this manner.
Origin of Color Field Movement
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.
Style Of Color Field Movement
The style was championed most enthusiastically by critic Clement Greenberg, who acclaimed the advances it achieved in the realm of form and composition. Bemoaning what he saw as the increasingly imitative, academic qualities of some action painters, he argued that Color Field Painting represented the way forward. His advocacy of the style proved highly influential.