Art Informel - Informalism (French art informel) or Informel for short is a collective term for the styles of abstract (in the sense of non-geometric, non-objective) art in post-war Europe, which has its origins in Paris in the 1940s and 1950s.
Informel formed in Paris as an antithesis to geometric abstraction, which was also represented by the École de Paris.
Art Informel - Informalism
The artists Wols, Jean Fautrier and Hans Hartung, who was influenced by Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, are regarded as direct pioneers of Informel. Willi Baumeister, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Theodor Werner and Fritz Winter are also named as important instigators of German Informel. Carl Buchheister was not only an instigator but also one of the early representatives. Claude Monet with his water lily paintings is regarded as a more indirect ancestor and source of inspiration.