Dates: 1940-1960

Origin: Europe

Key Artists: Jean Fautrier, Georges Mathieu

(French tache: blot, stain, or spot). The term was originally used, disparagingly, in the late 19th century by critics of the Impressionists, in France. However it is more usually associated with the French critic Michel Tapie who used it objectively, in his book Un art autre (1952), to describe the work of several contemporary non-geometric abstract painters associated with the École de Paris. These artists, who included Georges Mathieu and Wols, produced work characterized by apparently spontaneous dabs, blotches, and dribbles of paint, similar to American Action Painting but less overtly vigorous.

Rodgers, David. “Tachisme.” The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Ed. Hugh Brigstocke. Oxford Art Online. 12 Mar. 2010 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t118/e2559&gt;

George Mathieu

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