Action Painting

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A technique of painting in which paint is dribbled, splashed, and poured over the canvas. Its most famous exponent was the American painter Jackson Pollock (1912–56). The term was first used in 1952 by the critic Harold Rosenberg in his affirmation of the then current belief that a painting should reflect the actions of its creation. See Abstract Expressionism.

Subjects: Art.

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