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A Brief History of Abstract Expressionism: Revolution

on January 09, 2023
Janet Sobel Abstract Expressionism Artist

Abstract Expressionism, one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century, emerged in the United States during the mid-20th century and brought about a revolutionary transformation in the world of visual arts.

Characterized by its spontaneous, non-representational style, Abstract Expressionism challenged traditional artistic norms and ushered in a new era of artistic freedom and experimentation.

Abstract Expressionism - Bradley Walker Tomlin

 The Roots of Abstract Expressionism

The roots of Abstract Expressionism can be traced back to the turbulent years of the 1930s and 1940s, marked by the Great Depression and the horrors of World War II. Reflecting society in general, artists of this emerging movement were deeply affected by the political and social upheaval of the time, and their work often reflected a sense of existential angst and emotional turmoil, and the need for a new artistic form to express it.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.

Contact: Pete Stein - Galerie Stein at