Reference Library: Color Field
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'Color Field painting' was an abstract style that emerged in the 1950s after Abstract Expressionism and is characterized by canvases painted entirely by large areas of solid color.
Color Field is related to Suprematism, and Abstract Expressionism. Color Field painting sought to rid art of references to nature, and any recognizable references to past or present art. In pursuing the direction of modern art, the artists wanted to present each painting as one big, cohesive, monolithic image.
In distinction to the emotional energy and gestural surface of Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Color Field art was cool and austere, effacing the individual mark in favour of large, flat areas of colour, which these artists considered to be the essential nature of visual abstraction, along with the actual shape of the canvas, which Frank Stella in particular achieved in unusual ways with combinations of curved and straight edges.
Some important Color Field artists include:
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