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characterized by large uniform blocks of color


Color Field painting emerged as a distinct art movement

in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s.

Influenced by European avant-garde, it had connections with Abstract Expressionism.


Mark Rothko is often celebrated as the most

iconic figure associated with this movement.

Other significant figures in the Abstract movement

include Robert Motherwell and Barnett Newman.


Color Field painting is characterized by large, uniform blocks of color, either painted broadly or stained into the canvas, this style creates a flat, uninterrupted visual plane.


The technique shifts focus away from expressive brushstrokes and the act of painting itself, favoring a consistency of form and a measured artistic approach.

In this art form, color is no longer just a means of representation but becomes the primary subject.

-Melissa Erlenbach

See my Color Field paintings. 

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