Color Field painting initially referred to a particular type of abstract expressionism in contemporary art. It is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into large scale paintings creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane.
The Station of the Cross - First Station, Barnett Newman, 1958
Barnett Newman was an influential American artist best known for his involvement in Color Field painting. Newman composed his paintings with crisp edges and lines of pure color that focus on form. One of the artist’s famous works is The Stations of the Cross (1958–1966), a series of 14 black-and-white paintings that explore religion through abstraction.
Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red, Piet Mondrian, 1937–42
Piet Mondrian is a Dutch abstract artist. He is possibly best known for being one of the founders of the De Stijl, art movement introduced to the United States and world in the early 20th century. The movement was based on the reductive theory: take a larger scale image, and bring it to life as abstract art, architectural works, sculpture, and in the form of canvas print as well. One of the best-known works is his oil painting "Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red".
Number One (Lavender Mist), Jackson Pollock, 1950
Paul Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface ('drip technique'), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called 'action painting', since he used the force of his whole body to paint.