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The end of WW2 the explosion of the atomic bomb and the realization that mankind had developed the ability to destroy itself were all factors in creating a mood of introspection and reflection Although most abstract expressionists were trained in traditional forms of art making they saw representational art as incapable of expressing emotion Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock both developed their painting styles in New York during the 1940s and 1950s They were a part of the group of artists known as the abstract expressionists Although each of the artists associated with this movement worked in a very individual style they were linked by the desire to find a new means of artistic expression Rather than including recognizable objects in their work they used the elements of painting such as color line shape brushstrokes texture and light to express emotions Their influences included Native American pre-Columbian Mexican and African art along with the modern European movement and surrealism which looked to dreams and the unconscious for subject matter The paintings are completely abstract with no recognizable objects from the real world or non objective and the purpose of their art is to create expression and emotion Abstract expressionism can be roughly divided into two general types Jackson Pollock was representative of action or gesture painting in which the artists process and movements are an important aspect of the end result Mark Rothkos work is an example of color-field painting in which the artist is more concerned with creating an overall field of paint Pollock created many drip paintings That included black and white along with color and most of Rothkos images consisted of three floating rectangles in various color combinations By turning to new forms of expression Pollock Rothko and their colleagues brought American painting to international prominence and for the first time an American city New York replaced Paris and other European cities as the
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