Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Ming Ronnier Luo

Color Field Painting

  • Zena O’ConnorEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8071-7_240



Color Field painting is an art movement that emerged in the mid-twentieth century. Artists whose works can be categorized as Color Field chose to focus predominantly on the use of color in their works almost to the exclusion of other visual elements. Color Field paintings of the twentieth century are mostly works on canvas, and some artists applied color in a formal, hard-edge manner, while others chose to apply color in a more organic, free-form manner. The focus on color as demonstrated by the Color Field artists continues to influence contemporary artists; however, contemporary artists often explore color across a wider variety of media.


Of the three main currents in art that emerged in the twentieth century, Expressionism, Abstraction, and Fantasy, Color Field painters were inspired by the developments in Expressionism and Abstraction [1]. The focus of Expressionism was the artist’s feelings and emotional responses via their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia