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Abstract Expressionism
Personal Self-Expression
Personal Self-Expression

The importance of personal self-expression in Abstract Expressionism

Unlike the realistic, documentary-type art being made in the U.S at the time, the Abstract Expressionists didn’t want to magnify an external, social problem, but rather to give vent to their own personal expression. The act of painting was considered to be also an act of personal self-discovery for the artist. Their art was far more spontaneous and unrestricted in style, as they drew much of their inspiration from the Surrealists, who wanted to make the canvas a platform for exposing the subconscious mind and the ‘Action’ painters such as Jackson Pollock.

Some names of this movement are Willem de Kooning, Clyfford Still, Philip Guston, Franz Cline, Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis and Adolph Gottlieb.


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