drip painting

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A painting technique in which paint is allowed to drip onto the canvas rather than being applied with a brush, spatula, or similar tool. Although it had been used earlier in the 20th century by some of the Surrealists, especially Max Ernst, it really came to the fore in the 1940s when it was adopted by Action painters such as Jackson Pollock, whose method was to lay the canvas flat on the floor and then drip the paint on with great accuracy.

http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=78699 Description and illustration of Jackson Pollock drip painting on Museum of Modern Art, New York website.

Subjects: Art.

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