Definition of abstractionism in US English:



  • 1The principles and practice of abstract art.

    • ‘After the pictorial revolutions of Cubism and abstractionism, it was no longer possible to pretend that surface and structure could unproblematically be melded in the production of a representational picture space.’
    • ‘I am convinced that anyone who admires abstractionism will take great pleasure in going deep into Zimmermann's world.’
    • ‘And materialism is as much the enemy of art as abstractionism.’
    • ‘When local Poirier made the trip from minimal techno to hip hop, he made sure to keep his unearthly sense of abstractionism intact.’
    1. 1.1 The presentation of ideas in abstract terms.
      • ‘On the one hand, the increasing use of abstract mathematical representations in Einstein's theory entirely supports the attack on Aristotelian abstractionism and philosophical empiricism.’