Abstract Expressionism: Definition, History, Characteristics & Artists


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When did Abstract Expressionism emerge as an important style?

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1. Which of the following was NOT a well-known Abstract Expressionist painter?

2. The era after World War II was referred to by some as what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the wake of World War II, artists working primarily in New York developed a new style that reflected the conflict and angst of the post-war era. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the roots of abstract expressionism and the goals of artists who embraced this new type of art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Factors that led to the emergence of abstract expressionism
  • Leading figures in the Abstract Expressionist Movement
  • The meaning of expressionism
  • Features of abstract expressionist painting
  • Influences on abstract expressionist artists

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of abstract expressionism to identify examples of this style of art
  • Making connections- use your understanding of abstract expressionism to explain how it represents a break with earlier artistic styles and how it represents the mood of the post-war era
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as abstraction and abstract expressionism

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on abstract expressionism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the historical context of abstract expressionism
  • Recognize the characteristics of abstract expressionism
  • Understand the effect abstract expression had on the direction of modern art
  • Understand how abstract expressionism defined the role of the artist
  • Know the leading figures in the abstract expressionist movement