What does action painting mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term action painting:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Abstract Expressionism, action painting(noun)

    a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions; the first important school of American painting to develop independently of European styles


  1. action painting(Noun)

    A genre of modern art in which the paint is dribbled, splashed or poured onto the canvas to obtain a spontaneous and totally abstract image


  1. action painting

    Action painting, also known as gestural painting, is a style of abstract expressionism in which the artist's process of creation is emphasized. This involves expressing emotional and psychological intensity through dynamic and energetic brushwork, drips, splashes, and other non-traditional techniques. The canvas may be used as an arena in which to act - expressing the artist's subconscious mind onto the canvas. This art form emerged in the 1940s and 1950s, prominently in the works of artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.


  1. Action painting

    Action painting, sometimes called "gestural abstraction", is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. The resulting work often emphasizes the physical act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the finished work or concern of its artist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of action painting in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of action painting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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