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tachism

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaʃɪz(ə)m
 
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(also tachisme)

Definition of tachism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A style of painting adopted by some French artists from the 1940s, involving the use of dabs or splotches of colour, similar in aims to abstract expressionism.
Example sentences
  • This approach has its origins in tachisme and the whole ‘objectless’ art of the post-war period, a tradition to which Nitsch has always been committed.
  • While in Paris during the early nineteen-fifties, McEwen encountered Abstract Expressionism, which introduced him to tachisme and colour-field painting.
  • Have a look at works of leading contemporary artists in the areas of constructivism, tachism and lyrical abstractivism in Amsterdam.

Origin

1950s: from French tachisme, from tache 'a stain'.

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