Color Field Painting
Color-field artists, such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, and Clyfford Still, moved toward a more impersonal and intellectual aesthetic. They concentrated on what they considered to be the fundamental formal elements of abstract painting: pure, unmodulated areas of color; flat, two-dimensional space; monumental scale; and the varying shape of the canvas itself. These artists focused on the lyrical effects of large areas of color, often poured or stained onto the canvas. The shades of color were often diluted so as to sink into the canvas. The goal was to eliminate all obstacles between the artist and the idea, and between the idea and the viewer. There is no attempt at representation in the narrative sense; the subject is color.