Color Field Painting


A style characterized by large, highly simplified compositions in which the use of color is independent of line and figuration. The term stems from Clement Greenberg’s 1955 description of the paintings being made by Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko as comprising large fields of color. Historically, color-field painting represents one-half of Abstract Expressionism, with the ‘gestural abstraction’ of artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning representing the other half.