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Discipline: Art

(1950)

A French term meaning 'art without form', this was adopted by the critic MICHEL TAPIE to describe abstract painting (similar to American abstract expressionism) opposed to the rigor of cubism or the geometrical abstraction of de stijl and suprematism, where the artist's emotions and subconscious fantasies are expressed.

Pioneers of this movement were the German painter WOLS (1913-1951) and French artist HANS HARTUNG (1904-1989), JEAN FAUTRIER (1898-1964) and Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). After 1954, tachism was introduced as the term to describe all non-geometrical abstraction.

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