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Post by: adminbc 8:03 AM Fri, March 22nd 2013



Lyrical abstraction is hard to define but more often than not, it has been seen as a form of Abstract Expressionism. This form of art has been in use since the 1940s and it is basically a trend which has been noticed in Post-War Modernist Painting styles. Most of the paintings done by famous abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky have been described as being Lyrical Abstraction.


One of the other definitions for lyrical abstraction is accorded to the type of paintings which started out during the Post-War period by French artists and which exhibited characteristics by their American counterparts. During this period, several American painters who practiced abstract expressionism were staying in Paris and some other European cities. Artists like Paul Jenkins, Sam Francis, Norman Bluhm, Joan Mitchell and Ellsworth Kelly were some of the American artists living in Paris at that time. All of these artists except for Kelly developed their own styles of abstract painting which was termed lyrical abstraction.


The next stage came in the late 1960s when a number of painters introduced painterly options to their creations as a response to minimal art. As a result, many museums and institutions like Whitney Museum decided to formally name this movement of painterly creations as Lyrical Abstraction. This form of art style was opposed to a variety of styles such as Geometric abstraction, Cubits and Surrealist art movements. A few of the pioneer artists of this art movement were Oscar Gauthier, Gustave Singier, Zao Wou Ki, and Serge Poliakoff.


 

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