Monday, 17 May 2010

Rothko

Such powerful and deceptively simple works, Mark Rothko's paintings are as striking and pause worthy today as when they were first painted.







4 comments:

Brandi said...

Did you know that with each Rothko piece comes instructions on how to light it? Rothko was very particular about how the lights should be, because light affects the way we see colors, and Rothko was all about color.

Natalia said...

I did not know that! How fascinating - thanks for this additional info!

Brandi said...

I suppose I should clarify that that above statement refers to art shows. No idea what happens when you actually buy an original!

Natalia said...

I found this quote, which was instructions for the 1961 Whitechapel exhibition: ‘The light, whether natural or artificial, should not be too strong: the pictures have their own inner light and if there is too much light, the colour in the picture is washed out and a distortion of their look occurs.’ This article maintains that the low light requested may in part have been due to the sometimes unstable materials Rothko used. Curiouser and curiouser!

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n20/peter-campbell/at-tate-modern