Abstract Expressionism Art Facts

Abstract Expressionism Art Facts


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  • I’m back with another load of interesting abstract expressionism art facts!During this section I will give you interesting and historical facts concerning this topic.I will also include several different abstract expressionism paintings.I truly hope you find value and learn something new! Lets begin this journey!





  • Abstract expressionism art movement began in 1940’s.
  • Abstract expressionism began in New York.
  • Abstract expressionism began after World War 2.
  • Abstract art in its purest form has no subject.
  • Abstract art is used to direct emotions.
  • Certain colors and shapes help produce abstract expressionism art.
  • Willem De  Kooning was a famous Dutch abstract expressionist artist.


  • Franz Kline was famous for his black and white abstract expressionist art.

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  • Mark Rothko was known for his bold and large blocks of color.

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  • Jackson Pollock was known for not using brush strokes but instead action painting style which allows the artist to slash paint over the canvas layer upon layer.

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  • Wassily Kandinsky was actually considered the father of abstract painting. Wassily was known to create some the first major abstract works.



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  • Before World War 2 Paris was the center of the art trends.Of course as stated above this quickly changed after World War 2 New York City became a major platform for artist.



  • The main focus to use lines,forms,shapes, and pure color is recognized as the main characteristics of abstract expressionism art.


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  • There are two categories of abstract expressionism.
  • Action painting is 1 of 2 categories of abstract expressionism art.
  • Field painting is 2 of 2 categories of abstract expressionism art.
  • Action paintings used no brush strokes but instead allowed the artist to slash layers upon layers of paint onto a canvas.Jackson Pollock was a famous action painter.
  • Field paintings mainly focused on the non exploration of geometric blocks of color.Mark Rothko was a famous field painter.


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  • In 2006 Jackson Pollock painting 1948 No.5 sold for $140,000,000.
  • Abstraction was actually introduced to Paris in 1950 by Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle.
  • Abstract Expressionism was actually influenced by surrealism art just with more aggressive creations.

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  • Some people say that this style of art was created because people grew tired of the social realism art that was being produced post World War 2.
  • Jackson Pollock invented the “drip”technique.This technique allowed the artist to soak the paint brush with paint and just allow it to “drip”alone the canvas.


  • There is honestly no true starting and ending dates.
  • Abstract Expressionism also encourage people to understand that they don’t just have to paint landscapes and portraits.

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  • Abstract has even inspired plenty of architecture works such as monuments,stairs,bridges,buildings,furniture and etc.


Abstract Expressionism Art Facts Conclusion


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Abstract expressionism will always be a personal favorite.This style of arts allows the creator to create endless designs.Abstract also frees the mind of any rules such as lighting,color theories and etc.You are encourage to reveal your true persona through this art form.This form of art will always express emotions that you can’t receive from landscape or portrait paintings.I am all for one expressing themselves whether it’s through art or any style of living.But in the line of art,I honestly(personal opinion)feel that abstract is the way to go being that you can express your virtues more spiritually,creatively,naturally and etc.I think everyone should give any form of art a chance because it will unlock talents you didn’t even know existed within.


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Abstract Expressionism Art Quotes

Abstract Expressionism Art Quotes



  • Don’t we all love a good positive life moving quote from time to time.Well this section will be dedicated to abstract expressionism art quotes of course!I mean why not lol.I will give you guys and gals tons of beautiful quotes from amazing artist who have pave the way for all of us artist and non-artist.I shouldn’t have said “non-artist” because their lies an artist in each and everyone of us!You just have to dig deep within and let your inner artist shine!Lets get to these quotes.

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  • The goal of abstract is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing-Curtis Verdun

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  • Abstract paintings with few brush touches too many are just like the servings of mock orange tea with added sugar-Milos Vujasinovic 

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  • Someone who is incapable of drawing, and cannot master line or color perspective can always express themselves in some form of abstraction-Hans Werner 

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  • All paintings are abstract ideas, not representations of a true reality-Mike Svob 


  • I never wanted color to be color.I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them to all fuse together into a living spirit-Clyfford Still


  • Abstract paintings must be as real as those created by the 16th century Italians-Frank Stella

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  • Abstraction forces you to reach the highest levels of the basics-Alan Soffer


  • Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible reality that we can neither see nor describe, but whose existence we can postulate-Ad Reinhardt


  • I had been working purely abstractly for so long,it was important for me to see whether I was working abstractly because I couldn’t work any other way or whether I was doing it out of choice-Robert Rauschenberg


  • Abstract art should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed and after a while you may like it or you may not-Jackson Pollock



  • There is no abstract art.You must always start with something.Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality. There is no danger then because the idea of the object will have left an indelible mark-Pablo Picasso



  • Abstract expressionism was the first American art that was filled with anger and beauty-Robert Motherwell

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  • The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty-Piet Mondrain



  • What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principals.It is our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations.Art can never be imitation-Hans Hoffman

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Abstract Expressionism Sculpture List

Below I will list some abstract expressionism sculpture.I hope you enjoy!

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  • Frank Stella-Born May 12, 1936(79) in Malden, MA.Frank was known for Architecture, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Painting.

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Jean Michel Basquiat Biography



Jean Michel Basquiat Biography


  • Jean Michel Basquiat Biography-Born on December 22, 1960. He lived a promising life, his death was on August 12, 1988 documented due to a Heroin overdose. Raised in a house in Brooklyn, his family was middle class. His mother encourages his love for art, taking him to art museums. In 1976, along with his friend, Al Diaz He would scrawl his graffiti on walls and buildings of lower Manhattan. Tagging their work with SAMO, representing him and his friend. His work was recognized and this started a fruitful career, he was first offered a day job by Harvey Russack. After he was invited on talk shows and made promising friendships. He made amazing work. He would explore and display graffiti which personalized a struggle between 2 moods. Segregation and Integration is one example of what mood was portrayed. He would often display these in his work because he witnessed and saw them in real life.

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  • Basquiat was well aware of the racism black people were facing in America. This made him afraid and paranoid. Although he expressed his struggle in his work.

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  • One such work is Boxer. It shows an abstract black boxer, arms outstretched, his gloves are the same color as his body, and the drawing of the person shows him to be somewhat having a physically attractive attribute. The boxers’ body is triangular in a way. The intellectuality that Basquiat had was displayed by how the background was white. Although to each their own interpretation, this could represent a black person in triumph with arms raised over the majority of white. This painting was sold for $13.5 Million in 2008.

Jean Michel Basquiat Biography

  • He is mentioned in raps and songs, by Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and even Macklemore.
  • In his art career, he sold his first paining in in 1981. His type of work was in great demand at the time.

Jean Michel Basquiat Biography

  • JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT BIOGRAPHY alone was a revolutionary, his artwork was simple, yet complicated. You could understand the bland message, and then you would find out there is another message inscripted. Some of his works you would not be able to even find a meaning. You might think it is a painting just for the sake of painting, but Basquiat was a young visionary, he was doing things right. He was blossoming in his career when his drug problem started interfering with his life.
  • In plenty of his work you can see a black man drawing. More of an abstract drawing. This could in turn, represent how Basquiat viewed racism, that how people who were targeted by racism would be segregated from society. Punished and outcasts. He would draw the figures in a powerless way. Others, like the Boxer, he shows them triumphing like they are rising above others. One paining he has drawn a figure with wings soaring.

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  • Another part of his genius is displayed in his work. The center image in the piece is a white man. You could see a bit of blonde on the side of his head one eye of the man is normal. The other eye is dark, his outer eye outline with red. Shadows covering it. This was genius symbolism that Basquiat showed in his work. His abstract thinking and putting it to paint was remarkable indeed.
  • It was Basquiat’s mother that encouraged him to pursue art. In an early age, his mother frequently took him to New York Art Museums. She was an average artist herself, her love for art and passion drove her to get young Basquiat also interested to pursue art from an early age.
  • Basquiat dropped out at the tenth grade. His relationship with his father was not very good at the time, resulting in him being kicked out. Since his parents were divorced, and his mother was later admitted into a mental institution. He was homeless for a while. Struggling to find work.

Jean Michel Basquiat Biography

  • It wasn’t until 1981 that Basquiat sold his first painting. This was when he became a full time artist. This was after the fact when he became infamous in the art circles.
  • All in all, Basquiat is a man who is still remembered, loved, and still inspiring many talented people today. His work held a deep meaning beneath its symbolism and abstract style. Basquiat passed while he was still young. He felt alone after his close friend died. On top of that he had a drug addiction for years prior, worrying friends and family.


Jean Michel Basquiat Biography


  • Basquiat spoke about racism in his work, he put the message blandly for all to see. He made many realize that racism was still true and was still marginalizing the black people of America. Basquiat felt a part of that community, at times he didn’t want to be known as a black artist. He Is quoted saying something along the lines of ‘I am not a black artist, I am an artist’ (Note, not word for word accurate) He had it rough in his teens when he was growing up. He had family problems. Dropped out at grade 10. Kicked out by his father, looking around for work. Then some time later he began to flourish, his work was in demand.

Jean Michel Basquiat Biography

  • Basquiat will always be remembered for braving his work with boldness and speaking out the truth even when it was dangerous to do so.