“…Abstract Expressionist paintings share several broad characteristics. They often use degrees of abstraction; i.e., they depict forms unrealistically or, at the extreme end, forms not drawn from the visible world (nonobjective). They emphasize free, spontaneous, and personal emotional expression, and they exercise considerable freedom of technique and execution to attain this goal…” (Encyclopædia Britannica)
These images are more figural than the truly nonobjective focus of most of Abstract Expressionism but still connect to the artistic atomsphere of Corita's time through strong colors and lines and the addition of text into several of the works.
The bold blocks of color and abstracted shapes of these works ties them into the tradtion of American Abstract Expressionism. While still containing identifiable forms they are more abstracted than some of her more religiously evocative works. In particular yellow spring and Heart of the City fit into the tradtion of color-field painting exemplified by Rothko.
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