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PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE WORLD WAR II. painting. Jackson Pollock Mark Rothko Willen De Kooning Helen Frankenthaler. Andy Warhol Roy Lichtenstein Romare Bearden Jacob Lawrence. Abstract expressionism.

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Jackson Pollock

Mark Rothko

Willen De Kooning

Helen Frankenthaler

Andy Warhol

Roy Lichtenstein

Romare Bearden

Jacob Lawrence


Abstract expressionism

  • Abstract Expressionism, movement in mid-20th-century painting that was primarily concerned with the spontaneous assertion of the individual through the act of painting. The movement contains a variety of styles and is characterized more by the concepts behind the art than by a specific look. Generally, abstract expressionist art is without recognizable images and does not adhere to the limits of conventional form.

The abstract expressionist movement centered in New York City and is also called the New York school. Although the styles embraced within abstract expressionism were as diverse as the styles of the painters themselves, two major tendencies were noted in the movement. Action painters were concerned with paint texture and consistency and the gestures of the artist, while color field painters gave their works impact by using unified color and shape.


Jackson pollock

  • Pollock, (Paul) Jackson (1912-1956), American abstract painter, who developed a technique for applying paint by pouring or dripping it onto canvases laid on the floor. With this method Pollock produced intricate interlaced webs of paint, as in Black and White (1948, private collection). Rapid and seemingly impulsive execution like Pollock’s became a hallmark of abstract expressionism, a movement that emphasized the spontaneous gestures of the artist.

Mark rothko

  • Rothko, Mark (1903-1970), Russian-born American painter, known for abstract paintings in which soft-edged rectangles of color seem to float weightlessly against undefined backgrounds. A major figure in the abstract expressionism movement, Rothko used color to convey a range of emotion and what the artist described as a religious experience.

Painting, 1948

Orange and Yellow


de Kooning, Willem (1904-1997), Dutch-born American painter, whose work is characterized by energetic brushstrokes and twisted forms, and by an ongoing dialogue between human imagery and abstraction. De Kooning was a leading member of the abstract expressionism movement, which sought to capture the spontaneous and often vigorous act of painting through the artist’s personal gestures.

Willem de Kooning

Helen frankenthaler

  • Frankenthaler, Helen (1928- ), American abstract painter, noted for staining canvas with vibrant pools of luminous, overlapping colors. During the 1950s Frankenthaler’s staining technique influenced other painters who worked with large fields of intense color. Although Frankenthaler’s works are abstract, the shapes in many of them strongly evoke landscape.

Blue Atmosphere

Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53


Pop art

  • Pop Art, visual arts movement of the 1950s and 1960s, principally in the United States and Britain. The images of pop art (shortened from "popular art") were taken from mass culture. Some artists duplicated beer bottles, soup cans, comic strips, road signs, and similar objects in paintings, collages, and sculptures. Others incorporated the objects themselves into their paintings or sculptures, sometimes in startlingly modified form. Materials of modern technology, such as plastic, urethane foam, and acrylic paint, often figured prominently. One of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century, pop art not only influenced the work of subsequent artists but also had an impact on commercial, graphic, and fashion design.

Andy warhol

  • The high-profile leader of the pop art movement, Andy Warhol was known for taking images from popular culture and elevating them to high art. He favored commercial production methods like silk-screen that allowed endless reproduction. In addition to his print work, Warhol made several avant-garde films and was the publisher of Interview magazine until his death in 1987.
  • Campbell’s Soup Can by American pop artist Andy Warhol is one of a number of virtually identical paintings done by the artist in the early 1960s. The cartoon like image, flat and simplified, is characteristic of pop art. Warhol selected his subject matter from amongst images already present in popular culture or advertising,

Andy Warhol. Marilyn. 1967


Roy lichtenstein

  • Lichtenstein, Roy (1923-1997), American painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, best known for his large-scale paintings and prints based on comic strips. Along with fellow American artist Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein was one of the central figures of the American pop art movement in the 1960s, which celebrated popular, commercial images.
  • Whaam! by American painter, sculptor, and graphic artist Roy Lichtenstein was painted in 1963. It is acrylic on canvas, and measures 1.73 by 4.06 m (5 ft 7 in by 13 ft 4 in). Lichtenstein was one of the first artists to develop a style known as pop, in which images from advertising and comic books became the subject matter of serious art.

Roy Lichtenstein.Girl with Ball. 1961


Bearden, Romare (1912-1988), American artist, whose paintings and collages depict many aspects of the African American experience. Bearden experimented with a variety of forms and styles over the years, and his work reflects his interest in the 20th-century art movements of cubism, social realism, and abstraction.

other notable painters

Romare bearden

Jacob lawrence

Migration of Negros Series

  • Lawrence, Jacob (1917- ), American painter and educator, famous for his narrative series of paintings on African American historical figures and topics. Born September 7, 1917, he studied at the Harlem Art Workshop in New York City from 1934 to 1936, when he won a scholarship to the American Artists School, also in New York City. He taught painting at New York's Pratt Institute from 1958 to 1965. From 1970 he taught at the University of Washington in Seattle, becoming professor emeritus in 1983.

Romare Bearden She-Ba


Dorothea lange

  • American photographer Dorothea Lange became known for her realistic portrayals of the poor and unemployed during the Great Depression of the 1930s. As a photographer for the United States Farm Security Administration, she produced memorable pictures of migrant workers.

Ansel adams

  • Adams, Ansel Easton (1902-1984), American photographer, known for his black-and-white photographs of Yosemite National Park, the California coast, and other wilderness areas of the American West. Adams’s painstaking control of tonality and detail made him unequalled as a technical master of the black and white print. His photographs convey both the vast scale and the intimate detail of a landscape.

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