Color field painting

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Claudia Desgranges : Timeline Red (acrylic on aluminum, 2015)
Arvid Boecker: # 512 (oil on canvas, 2007)
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Acrylic painting in the style of Mark Rothko

The color field painting , including color surface painting or English, the Color Field painting is a form of expression of contemporary art , which is characterized by large, homogeneous color fields filled. This art movement developed from Abstract Expressionism in America in the mid-1950s . Mark Rothko , Barnett Newman ( Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue ) and Clyfford Still are important forerunners and representatives of this style.

The works are mostly large-format. The paint is often applied directly to the unprimed canvas ( lying horizontally on the floor) without using traditional painting utensils (emptied, poured, sprayed) and penetrates directly into the fabric (soak stain technique) - quite comparable to dyeing a fabric .

The term Color Field Painting was coined by the American art critic Clement Greenberg , one of whose favorites was Jules Olitski . Other important representatives of color field painting (whose most important creative periods can be assigned to this trend) are Morris Louis , Helen Frankenthaler , Kenneth Noland , Larry Poons , Sam Gilliam , Gene Davis, Friedel Dzubas, Wolfgang Hollegha , Jack Bush, Walter Darby Bannard, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring and Paul Reed.

See also


  • Wilkin Karen: Color as field. American Painting 1950-1975. With an essay by Carl Belz . American Federation of Arts in association with Yale University Press, New York, New Haven 2007 ( PDF , archive version).
  • Karlheinz Lüdeking (ed.): The essence of modernity. Selected essays and reviews by Clement Greenberg . From the American by Christoph Hollender .: Verlag der Kunst, Amsterdam, Dresden 1997.
  • Joachim Schummer: Color Field Painting as 'pure painting'. The self-establishment of art criticism in the draft of modernism . In: Gert Reising (Ed.): Color, Fields, Philosophy: An Aesthetic Dialog . Chorus Verlag, Munich 2000, pp. 23–39. ( (pdf version; 82 kB) )

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