There are several definitions of Informalism. Be it that they come from art critiques involved in the tendency or the artists themselves, the only thing they have in common is the incapacity to cover the entire spectrum of the definition. The term “Informalism” was first coined by the critique Michel Tapié (Albi, 1909 - Paris, 1987); and it stemmed from an exhibition entitled Signifciants de l’Informel, which took place at the Fachetti Studio (Paris) in November 1951, with works of Fautrier, Dubuffet, Michaux, Mathieu, Riopelle and Serpan.
A little afterwards Tapié published Un art autre (A different art). His conception of autre art was about the manifestation that parted from zero, in opposition to the abstract academics and in favor of an art where “only the expression gives orders”. It wasn’t enough to abandon geometry and recur to the free form; on the contrary, it was a must to break away from the plastic arts, in order to take shelter in the “making” without control, in total spontaneity.