Mark Rothko

I was browsing through random shopping sites when I saw mark Rothko’s works.

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), who was born in Daugavpils Mark Rothko was one of the most significant world-famous artists of 20th century. He is closely identified with the New York School, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art.

Playing with color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale, Mark Rothko’s works evoke a strong emotion despite the simplicity of his paintings.

This set of paintings ‘originally commissioned for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York are the treasure of Tate Modern. They occupy a room of their own, low-lit and filled with brooding intensity. The hazy outlines of what might be doors, windows, or the gates of heaven and hell hover on the wine red and imperial purple surfaces of Rothko’s mural-scale abstractions. In all of them darkness beckons, mordantly inviting the beholder to imagine vast apocalyptic landscapes, undefinable events on a cosmic scale.

Almost everyone who enters the room feels an urge to sit down on the benches in the middle of the space. It’s as if the emotional weight of these sombre works instinctively makes you sit, instantly drained by them. Before you even have time to try to compose a rational understanding of them, they have a psychological impact.’- Guardian UK

I cannot explain it but staring at the paintings, even in these images, brings this broody, empty feeling. The impact is so instantaneous that I can only imagine how a person will feel face to face with the paintings in an empty room.

Beautiful choice of colours, depth, flow all creates a balance composition. I love it.

Even in a a tone on tone painting, the scale of the rectangles create a balance.

“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”- Mark Rothko

X Alex

(Images from caviarandcashmere, guardian, artblart and azurebumble)

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