Early Abstract and Modernist Painting

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    The development of American abstract art is commonly analysed in terms of artists' engagement with and emulation of, European modernism. This chapter recognises the many direct contacts American artists had with European art and artists, but argues that they consciously developed versions of abstract art informed by American philosophical traditions. The earliest American abstract art was steeped in the tradition of Emersonian idealism which in turn framed artists' engagement with European aesthetics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConversations with the collection: A Terra Foundation Collection Handbook
    Place of PublicationChicago
    PublisherTerra Foundation for American Art
    ISBN (Print)9780932171658
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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