Posted by: bluesyemre | March 19, 2022

The Story of #MarkRothko (1903-1970)

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Mark Rothko, born in 1903 in Daugavpils, Latvia, and passed away in 1970 in New York City, the United States of America, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation, pioneering Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. His works are marked by a radical approach towards the formal elements of painting – think of color, shape, composition, and scale – producing mesmerizing tableaus, most often large in scale, composing vertically aligned rectangular forms of large planes of color. Rothko layers these shapes, creating horizontal bands in which the adjacent colors tremble, vibrate, and even seem to emanate light. These radical abstract works seem to be imbued by the presence of a high philosophical truth. A spiritual character resides beneath the brushstrokes. Rothko succeeds in having a direct emotional impact with the beholder, in a similar way as music. His works are also linked to tragedy, ecstasy, and the sublime. Rothko believed strongly an abstract painting can directly represent the fundamental nature of human drama. In fact, he struggled with his own human drama, as a troubled figure with tormented thoughts, suffering off melancholia, before committing suicide in 1970 in New York City. This is the story of: Mark Rothko.

S.n.: This overview is a summarized version of the National Gallery of Art’s extensive take on the illustrious career of Mark Rothko: National Gallery of Art, Mark Rothko at https://www.nga.gov/features/mark-rot… consulted 17/2/2022.


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