Great Abstract Works: Mark Rothko (1903-1970)
Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was a leading American artist who along with Gottlieb, Clyfford Still, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman, among a few others joined together to become known as Abstract Expressionists.
There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”
It was by 1950 that Rothko’s now unmistakeable style had been fully developed. Although Rothko is world renowned as an abstract artist he never liked to be labelled this way. He rather implied that his paintings were a reflection the drama of humanity.
Towards the mid to late 1950’s Rothko abandoned the light color palette that had come to characterize much of his work. For most of his later career he painted with much darker hues.
Black on Maroon was defaced/tagged in pen while on-show at the Tate Gallery in London by a Russian artist. The piece which Rothko had left to the London public gallery had completely restored the painting by 2014
Rothko was very secretive about the way he painted, often painting alone. Even so, inspections of his paintings have revealed that he experimented with paints and did not rely entirely equipment purchased over the counter to create his masterpieces
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