The End of World War II: The major art movement taking place in the United States directly after World War II was abstract expressionism. The abstract expressionist movement "devoted itself to the principles that art is most expressive when a relationship is established between the artist and the spectatoraE . For the most part, abstract expressionism attracted the American public with its simple methods and spontaneous appearance and more so because it was an entirely American art movement. With most of Europe at war and in recovery during the 1940's, Americans were left with the principal responsibility of developing art. Abstract expressionism was, therefore, the first movement to originate in the United States.
During the war, in the times of chaos that existed in the world, America met the challenge of being the leader in art and developing their own movement which would span the 1940's and the 1950's. One of the most important artists in abstract expressionism was Jackson Pollack. Pollack's work runs throughout the span of the movement. The famous method of "action paintingaE which Pollack developed was much like the times he, and the other artists who