- 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.
- If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas.
- Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.
- That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.
- This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative; and have been painted in a scale of normal living rather than an institutional scale.
- I also hang the pictures low rather than high, and particularly in the case of the largest ones, often as close to the floor as is feasible, for that is the way they are painted.
Mark Rothko was born in Latvia on September 25, 1903, died February 25, 1970. He was an American painter of Russian and Jewish parentage. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists.
He is notable for very large colour field paintings, some of which seem like distant horizons, and later ones can seem like windows or doorways to another dimension. The Tate Gallery in London has a set of his work done late in his life for a restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York, which are usually shown together in one room, and which form a very impressive installation
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