Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting


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What is the focus of traditional abstract expressionist painting?

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1. Which variation of abstract expressionism is characterized by flat planes of color that are often applied in rough or expressive brushstrokes?

2. What is one of the main differences between traditional Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and accompanying worksheet to assess your understanding of three different styles of abstract art. Practice questions focus on the differences between these styles and identifying some of the artists.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment to test your understanding of:

  • The focus of traditional abstract expressionist painting
  • Which style is characterized by flat planes of color
  • The differences between the styles
  • Identifying different artists of each style

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about art in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast abstract expressionism, color field painting, and hard edge painting
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding abstract artists

Additional Learning

Learn more with the lesson Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting, which covers:

  • Defining modern abstract art
  • Reviewing examples of abstract expressionism
  • Differentiating color field painting from other styles
  • Describing the characteristics of hard edge painting