Lyrical abstraction

A 20th-century style of painting that some people would argue is virtually identical to that of abstract expressionism. However, it is characterised by more emphasis on colour over shape. The French artist and art theorist Georges Mathieu (1921-2012) was one of the fathers of lyrical abstraction. He held that lyrical abstraction is about:
1 Primacy of speed of execution : speed prevails to avoid the interference of consciousness of the artist.
2 No preexisting shapes : the painter must not rely on any reference at all.
3 No premeditated moves from the artist : painting is not a cognitive process.
4 Ecstatic state of mind of the artist : isolation and concentration of the artist help release.

See also Art Autre and Abstract Expressionism.

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