Mark Rothko : Red Abstracts

Mark Rothko. Orange, Red, Orange. Oil on paper.

Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.

Mark Rothko. White stripe. Oil on canvas.

Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.

Mark Rothko. Mauve and Orange. Oil on canvas.

One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko 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. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko’s work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms. He explained:

“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 Web Feature

2 Responses to “Mark Rothko : Red Abstracts”

  1. February 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful images from Rothko’s Multiforms work. I’ve been running a recent project to attempt to pay homage to Rothko’s Multiforms in-camera and some of the results can be viewed at http://nakedigit.wordpress.com/rothko/
    ND 🙂

  2. 2 judithtutin
    June 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful work. I wish I could achieve this kind of powerful simplicity in my painting

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