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CColor Field painting - Paintings with solid areas of color covering the entire canvas, as exemplified in the work of Mark Rothko (American, 1903-1970), Kenneth Noland (American, 1924-), and Jules Olitski (American, 1922-). A type of Abstract Expressionism, these artists were interested in the lyrical or atmospheric effects of vast expanses of color, filling the canvas, and by suggestion, beyond it to infinity. Most color-field paintings are large — meant to be seen up close so that the viewer is immersed in a color environment.


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see thumbnail to rightAlma Thomas (American, 1891-1978), Iris, Tulips, Jonquils, and Crocuses, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches, National Museum of Women in Art, Washington, DC. See African-American art and feminism and feminist art.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftAlma Thomas, Orion, 1973, oil on canvas, 53 3/4 x 64 inches, National Museum of Women in Art, Washington, DC.

 

 

Barnett Newman (American, 1905-1970), Day One, 1951-52, oil on canvas, 132 x 50 1/4 inches (335.3 x 127.6 cm), Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftMorris Louis (American, 1912-1962), VAV, 1960, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 260.3 x 359.4 cm, Tate Gallery, London. See stain.

 

 

see thumbnail to rightMorris Louis, Alpha-Phi, 1961, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 259.1 x 459.7 cm, Tate Gallery, London.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftJules Olitski (American, 1922-), Instant Loveland, 1968, acrylic on canvas, 294.6 x 645.7 cm, Tate Gallery, London.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightWilliam Turnbull (English, 1922-), No. 6, 1958, oil on canvas, 147.5 x 198 cm, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to leftKenneth Noland (American, 1924-), Gift, 1961-2, acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 182.9 cm, Tate Gallery, London.

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightKenneth Noland, Drought, 1962, acrylic on canvas, 176.5 x 176.5 cm, Tate Gallery, London.

 

 

Also see hard-edge.

 

 

 


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