Action Painting

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This technique consists of splashing or even throwing paint onto the support, either a canvas or some other material. The paint is allowed to drip randomly so that it does not respond to any figurative or formal conditioning that could come from the artist. The result is completely abstract and spontaneous, without resorting to geometrisation of form, just to the random nature of the splashes. The first to use the technique was Jackson Pollock, but it was soon taken up by European Expressionists and other artists, who gave it the name of Tachisme, from the French "tache" meaning stain or spot. It was used particularly during the fifties and the sixties and is closely related to other Expressionist techniques like Dripping.


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