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At the end of World War II, Georges Mathieu conceived of an artistic style that he would soon refer to as lyric abstraction. A new style where the negation of form would signify the rejection of the principle of reason. This new school attracted many artists of many different nationalities. In 1954, art critique Charles Estienne evoked the notion of Tachism. The new movement found some unity in its allegiance to pre-war Surrealistic values. Thus it rejected the hegemony of almighty reason; it found some inspiration in the esthetics of calligraphy and expressed its lyricism in the beauty of the media themselves. It trusted psychic improvisation and body techniques to produce instant works of art. Even if it is possible to consider Abstract Expressionism as the American counterpart to this movement, it is undeniable that during the 1950s Informal Art imposed itself as a truly European style. In Northern Europe, this lyrical approach can be found in Cobra (1948-1951).

XXth century art movements