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Abstract Expressionism

1940 — 1960

It's not a picture, it's an event

Free Space II

Free Space II

Lee Krasner
Color Painting

Color Painting

Olga Rozanova1917
Green Stripe

Green Stripe

Olga Rozanova1917
Static-Dynamic Gradation

Static-Dynamic Gradation

Paul Klee1923
May Picture

May Picture

Paul Klee1925
Landscape

Landscape

Arshile Gorky1933
Argula

Argula

Arshile Gorky1939
After Xhorkum

After Xhorkum

Arshile Gorky1940-1942
Personage (Autoportrait)

Personage (Autoportrait)

Robert Motherwell1943
1944-N No. 2

1944-N No. 2

Clyfford Still1944
Untitled

Untitled

Arshile Gorky1944
Figure

Figure

Clyfford Still1944
Water of the Flowery Mill

Water of the Flowery Mill

Arshile Gorky1944
Jamais

Jamais

Clyfford Still1944
Untitled

Untitled

Barnett Newman1945
Sleep Mask

Sleep Mask

Adolph Gottlieb1945
Untitled

Untitled

Charmion von Wiegand1945
Untitled

Untitled

Charmion von Wiegand1946
Title Unknown (Street Scene)

Title Unknown (Street Scene)

Norman Lewis1947
Changing Moods

Changing Moods

Norman Lewis1947
Sea Change

Sea Change

Jackson Pollock1947
Agony

Agony

Arshile Gorky1947
The Nuptial Form

The Nuptial Form

Charmion von Wiegand1946-1947
Ulysses

Ulysses

Robert Motherwell1947
Number 43

Number 43

Ad Reinhardt1947
Onement, I

Onement, I

Barnett Newman1948
1948

1948

Clyfford Still1948
Arshile GorkyPortrait of Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky

1904-1948
Yellow Painting

Yellow Painting

Ad Reinhardt1949
No. 12

No. 12

Ad Reinhardt1950
Number 107

Number 107

Ad Reinhardt1950
Untitled

Untitled

Ahmed Yacoubi1950
Abstraction

Abstraction

Willem de Kooning1949-1950
PH-950

PH-950

Clyfford Still1950
Excavation

Excavation

Willem de Kooning1950
The Wild

The Wild

Barnett Newman1950
1951-T No. 3

1951-T No. 3

1951
Mountains and Sea

Mountains and Sea

Helen Frankenthaler1952
Woman I

Woman I

Willem de Kooning1950-1952
Woman, II

Woman, II

Willem de Kooning1952
#10

#10

Mark Rothko1952
Migrating Birds

Migrating Birds

Norman Lewis1953
Shattered Light

Shattered Light

Lee Krasner1954
White Light

White Light

Jackson Pollock1954
Woman

Woman

Willem de Kooning1953-1954
Bed

Bed

Robert Rauschenberg1955
Bird Talk

Bird Talk

Lee Krasner1955
Carib Selva

Carib Selva

Aubrey Williams1955
Birth

Birth

Lee Krasner1956
Hemlock

Hemlock

Joan Mitchell1956
Easter Monday

Easter Monday

Willem de Kooning1955-1956
The Seasons

The Seasons

Lee Krasner1957
Composition Plains

Composition Plains

Seund Ja Rhee1958
Juarez

Juarez

Elaine de Kooning1958
Iberia

Iberia

Robert Motherwell1958
Monogram

Monogram

Robert Rauschenberg1955-1959
Abstract painting

Abstract painting

Aubrey Williams1960
Alabama

Alabama

Norman Lewis1960
The Eye is the First Circle

The Eye is the First Circle

Lee Krasner1960
Untitled (Rome, June 1960)

Untitled (Rome, June 1960)

Cy Twombly1960
Cool Blast

Cool Blast

Adolph Gottlieb1960
Mist

Mist

Adolph Gottlieb1961
Duo

Duo

Philip Guston1961
Untitled

Untitled

Cy Twombly1961
The Gremlins

The Gremlins

Norman Lewis1961
Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan

Cy Twombly1962
Stars at Dawn

Stars at Dawn

Seund Ja Rhee1962
Five Feet of Colorful Tools

Five Feet of Colorful Tools

Jim Dine1962
Memory

Memory

Aubrey Williams1963
King Solomon's Ring

King Solomon's Ring

Ahmed Yacoubi1963
Vénus N°1

Vénus N°1

Seund Ja Rhee1963
Canal

Canal

Helen Frankenthaler1963
The Bay

The Bay

Helen Frankenthaler1963
Breakthrough I

Breakthrough I

Robert Rauschenberg1964
Title Unknown (March on Washington)

Title Unknown (March on Washington)

Norman Lewis1965
A Woman (Marilyn)

A Woman (Marilyn)

Willem de Kooning1965
Temple of Dodundua

Temple of Dodundua

Ahmed Yacoubi1966
Untitled (1967)

Untitled (1967)

Cy Twombly1967
Ad ReinhardtPortrait of Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt

"Art-as-art and nothing else"

1913-1967
Yellow Body

Yellow Body

Robert Rauschenberg1968
City Limits

City Limits

Philip Guston1969
Blueberry

Blueberry

Joan Mitchell1969
Open No. 122 in Scarlet and Blue

Open No. 122 in Scarlet and Blue

Robert Motherwell1969
Barnett NewmanPortrait of Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman

Staring down the present moment

1905-1970
Mark RothkoPortrait of Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

The hope of transcendence through color

1903-1970
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110

Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110

Robert Motherwell1971
Landscape

Landscape

Willem de Kooning1972
Lake Reflecting Advent of Spring

Lake Reflecting Advent of Spring

Alma Thomas1973
Fiery Sunset

Fiery Sunset

Alma Thomas1973
Adolph GottliebPortrait of Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb

Different times require different images

1903-1974
Glaze (Hoarfrost)

Glaze (Hoarfrost)

Robert Rauschenberg1975
Free Space I

Free Space I

Lee Krasner1975
Untitled XI

Untitled XI

Willem de Kooning1975
Cauldron

Cauldron

Aubrey Williams1975
Desert Pass

Desert Pass

Helen Frankenthaler1976
The Battle of Marrakesh

The Battle of Marrakesh

Ahmed Yacoubi1976
Red Rambling Rose Spring Song

Red Rambling Rose Spring Song

Alma Thomas1976
Future Indicative

Future Indicative

Lee Krasner1977
Tilleul

Tilleul

Joan Mitchell1978
Alma ThomasPortrait of Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas

Tackling abstraction at 75

1891-1978
Fifty Days at Iliam: The Fire that Consumes All before It

Fifty Days at Iliam: The Fire that Consumes All before It

Cy Twombly1978
Basin

Basin

Helen Frankenthaler1979
Norman LewisPortrait of Norman Lewis

Norman Lewis

An artist must make their own way to contribute to culture

1909-1979
Clyfford StillPortrait of Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still

Painting with knives

1904-1980
Edrita Fried

Edrita Fried

Joan Mitchell1981
Lee KrasnerPortrait of Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner

Insomnia and aggressive painting

1908-1984
Ahmed YacoubiPortrait of Ahmed Yacoubi

Ahmed Yacoubi

Kaleidoscopic abstraction

1928-1985
Elaine de KooningPortrait of Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning

Writer, teacher, and a natural painter

1918-1989
Music for J.S. Bach

Music for J.S. Bach

Robert Motherwell1989
Robert MotherwellPortrait of Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell

Painting as experience

1915-1991
Joan MitchellPortrait of Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell

Art as competitive sport

1925-1992
Quattro Stagioni: Autunno

Quattro Stagioni: Autunno

Cy Twombly1993-1995
Skywriting

Skywriting

Helen Frankenthaler1997
Willem de KooningPortrait of Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

Violent encounters

1904-1997
Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

Helen Frankenthaler2000
Coronation of Sesostris, panel 5

Coronation of Sesostris, panel 5

Cy Twombly2000
Robert RauschenbergPortrait of Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg

Blowing up modernism

1925-2008
Seund Ja RheePortrait of Seund Ja Rhee

Seund Ja Rhee

Bringing Korean abstraction to Paris

1918-2009
Helen FrankenthalerPortrait of Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler

The joy of pure color

1928-2011
Cy TwomblyPortrait of Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

The power of the scribble

1928-2011