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MARK ROTHKO (1903-1970)

 
Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece. Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.
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<br>Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece.
Untitledc. 193414 x 18 1/2 in.(35.56 x 46.99 cm) watercolor on paper
Provenance
Edith Sachar Rothko, New York
Edith Sachar Carson
The Carson Family, New York & California
Private Collection, Florida
Exhibition
New York, Washburn Gallery, Mark Rothko: The Edith Sachar Collection, October 25 - December 1, 2001
Basel, Switzerland, Galerie Beyeler, Mark Rothko Works on Paper, June 7 - August 8, 2005
Literature
This work is being considered for inclusion in the forthcoming Mark Rothko Online Resource and Catalogue Raisonné of works on paper, compiled by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Few painters have a mythology as large or as complicated as Mark Rothko. One of the most important Abstract Expressionist artists and a quintessential Color Field artist, Rothko imbued his canvases with symbolic and spiritual meaning.

Before this break into complete abstraction, Rothko created expressionistic and figurative works influenced by his friendship with the painter Arshile Gorky. This early work from the 1930s gives a crucial glimpse into the development of Rothko before he transferred the emotion of figuration into the emotion of color. He admired the approach of children to art which he emulated through broad applications of paint and wide brushwork which can be seen in this piece.
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