Untitled (Red, Orange) by Mark Rothko - 1968 - 233 x 176 cm Fondation Beyeler Untitled (Red, Orange) by Mark Rothko - 1968 - 233 x 176 cm Fondation Beyeler

Untitled (Red, Orange)

oil on canvas • 233 x 176 cm
  • Mark Rothko - September 25, 1903 - February 25, 1970 Mark Rothko 1968

I must confess, I am not very fond of abstract art. But Mark Rothko is an exception to me. 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. As you can see, 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." Rothko regarded his paintings as living organisms: for him, colour was something deeply human and sensuous, but at the same time it served as the gateway to transcendental experience. Untitled (Red, Orange) is perhaps best suited to describe Rothko’s ‘classical’ approach to pictorial composition, which he had evolved progressively since the late 1940s.Today on www.dailyartmagazine.com you can read Rothko's recipe of a work of art - its ingredients - how to make it - the formula. It is a great addition that helps to understand Rothko philosophy behind his art. Have a great weekend!

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