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It was Abstract Expressionism.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions
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Abstract Expressionism was an American post-World War II art movement. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve worldwide influence and also the one that put New York City at the center of the art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.  (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism  — retrieved 9/25/08)

Artists working in many different styles emphasized spontaneous personal expression in large paintings that are abstract or nonrepresentational.  One type of Abstract Expressionism is called action painting. (www.arts-technology.com/art/collectors/artTerms.asp  — retrieved 9/25/08)

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  • It was Abstract Expressionism.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The small, squarish basin might pass for abstract expressionism, Rob thinks, like Pollock or one of those guys, with the patterns of straight and curled hairs swirled under a chocolate glaze with threads of Nivea.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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Associated words [difficulty]:   abstract expressionism [9] , Jackson Pollock [9] , impressionism [6] , expressionism [9]
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