Abstract impressionism

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Abstract impressionism is a type of Abstract painting where brushstrokes exhibit control over emotion and focus on inner energy and contemplation, creating a lyrical and intellectual quality to the painting. Similar to the brushstrokes of the Impressionists, notably Van Gogh, Monet and Bob Ross. Where in the action painting style of Abstract Expressionism, brushes were often dispensed with and paint was applied in a rapid outpouring of emotion and energy, the Abstract Impressionist's brushstrokes or non-traditional application of paints and textures is done slowly and with purpose, using the passage of time as a technique. Contemporary Abstract Impressionist paintings have been recorded to take up to 4 months to complete. The style in its current form has found a home in the 'recycled' movement of Art, though it is not restricted to it.

Elaine de Kooning coined the term "Abstract Impressionism" and it was soon used by critic Louis Finkelstein in an attempt to distinguish for Philip Guston the difference between the two forms. The difference primarily being in approach. The similarity between the two forms however, is in the final outcome- what is acceptable as a finished piece.

Lawrence Alloway held an exhibition of the same name in 1958 and included, among others, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen, Sam Francis, Patrick Heron, Nicolas de Staël. 1 Contemporary heir to the Abstract Impressionist form is William B. Duvall, whose Eco-Abstract paintings are done outdoors.

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Abstract impressionism

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