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Abstract Expressionism

As both a movement and a style, Abstract Expressionism has proved enduring. If we took an analogy from biology class, Abstract Expressionism would be a class falling within the greater phylum of Abstraction. Not all Abstraction is Abstract Expressionism. The first completely non-objective abstract paintings have typically been credited to Wassily Kandinsky in 1910 — who became the leading figure of German Expressionism. However, several years earlier in Sweden, Hilma af Klint was creating non-objective paintings. Both had a deeply spiritual approach to the creation of art. After World War II ended in 1945, another war was won: New York artists — with their bold new approaches to the non-objective and spearheaded by Pollock’s drip action style — wrested away from the School of Paris the title of capitol of the art world.

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