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Painting which combines characteristics of abstraction and impressionism; especially a form of painting which resembles the works of the Impressionists, especially Monet, in brushwork and effect, but has no representational content.
1950s. From abstract + impressionism. Compare slightly earlier abstract impressionist, and also abstract expressionism.
abstract impressionism/ˈabstrakt ɪmˈprɛʃ(ə)nɪz(ə)m//ˈabstrakt ɪmˈprɛʃənɪz(ə)m/
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