Blue, Orange, Red by Mark Rothko (1961)

I love the work of Mark Rothko.

His large color-block abstracts–although he himself rejected the term “abstract” for his work–are phenomenal paintings. The color combinations, proportions, tints and hues evoke a strong response from me, while quite a bit of mdoern art does not.

No clue why these do.  

Rothko began painting in 1923, at age 20 while working in the garment district of New York. After leaving what he called the “elitist” and “racist” atmosphere of Yale.

He began painting these large, colorful paintings in 1946, called “multiform” by critics but not Rothko. It was not only in the juxtaposition of colors but in the paint materials themselves that the technique came through. They are radiant.

Although there is a lot of contemporary work I do not like, these I really, really do.

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