Abstract Art

Abstract Art



Art movement

Tachisme derived from the French word tache wich means ‘’stain’’. In English also spelled: Tachism.  

This art movement is a French style of abstract painting popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The term is said to have been first used with regards to the movement in 1951. It is often considered to be the European equivalent to abstract expressionism, although there are some stylistic differences. Maybe American abstract expressionism tended to be more aggressive, less delicate, but that’s discussable, like always art is never been an exact science and many interpretations can work. As you have can but forward that it was part of a larger postwar movement known as Art Informel, but maybe Tachism is closer to a bigger European family called Abstraction lyrique or in English Lyrical or lyric abstraction and you can add to those movements also the semi-figurative artworks and scribbling reminiscent calligraphic artworks of the Cobra group as in Japan the Gutai group. The point here is that it was all a counter reaction to the other big abstract art movements of Geometric abstraction, including even Cubism and Constructivism.

So the Informel but more precise the lyric abstractions are a more intuitive form of expression. A sort of raw and spontaneous action of the creation proses like in counterpart the more ‘’aggressive’’ North American action paintings and drippings of the big abstract expressionism family.

To make it simple you could say that Abstract expressionism for North America is what Lyric Abstraction is for Europe, and sometimes even placed under and in the School of Paris (École de Paris) after World War II.