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Hard-Edge Painting

  Hard-edge Painting was an aspect of geometric abstraction, which, in the 1960s, reacted against the gestural and painterly canvases of the Abstract Expressionists. The style emphasized geometric, rectilinear compositions, which respected the ‘flatness’ of the picture surface. Rendered with a sharp, ‘hard’ edge, the machine-like application of colour likewise stressed the impersonality of the canvas and the artist\'s desire to avoid the autobiographical or subjective references inherent in expressionism. Major practitioners of the movement included Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland and Al Held. MG PD  



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