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    The leading paint movement in the immediate post-world war II period was:

    a) Dadaism.
    b) Minimalism.
    c) Pop art.
    d) Postmodernism.
    e) Abstract expressionism.

    Answer and explanation is required.

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    I chose answer (e) Abstract expressionism mainly due to the contributions of Piet Mondrian and Max Ernst who left Europe for the US. Can anyone confirm that this is in fact correct?
    You have chosen the best answer (e) Abstract expressionism. Multiple choose are tricky though, because minimalism is also a paint movement in the immediate post-world war II period, but perhaps not the leading movement. The following information actually support your answer (highlighted in red):
    Generally, Modernism after the Second World War (1945-)
    People often draw the lessons from history that they feel others should have learnt from experience, and the post-world war modernist experience is no exception. Nazi Germany was depicted as "the last charge Romanticism had in its belly", and the product of irrational attachment to the state. The shattering of Europe swept away many of the traditional forms and lifestyles which had been arguing against the adoption of a mechanised economy, and there was such a vast need of rebuilding, that everything had to be made new.
    This period is often described as "High modernism", and on the one hand it led to artists exploring the most extended, some would say extreme, consequences of modernist ideas - for example serialism and abstract expressionism (see below), and at the same time, modernist design - in consumer goods, architecture, clothing and furnishings, became the norm. The top hats, dresses and frills of another age were tossed aside, or used only as high costume. The expansion of rail and road networks, the pouring of labor into cities from the country-side, and the vast building programs necessitated by the need to command and control the new economy, meant that the societies of Europe, America and Japan were thrust into the modern, and modernist, world.
    The collision between popular sensibility and rarefied ideas became one of the most contentious, and extended, debates within modernism. The conflict, always latent, became acute, as, on one hand, the need for ever more specialised elites and ever more specialised knowledge pushed towards the "pure" forms of modernism, while at the same time mass production, broadcasting ...

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