Rothko’s signature style

Art & Design

Abstract painters around 60’s and 70’s put emphasis on the color variable while they differ in the other aspects of the Abstraction genres like Color Field, Opt Art, Hard Edge and Lyrical Abstraction.

One of the recognizable names of abstraction in painting is Mark Rothko. During the early years of his artistic development, Rothko believed that modernism is influenced by primitive elements.

He used color, shape, balance, depth, scale and composition in universal context to express human emotions. He preferred “ the simple expression of the complex thoughts”

His “multiforms”color fields showed his interest in the color harmony by manipulating the variations of hues and shapes to illuminate the canvases. He achieved the optical effects in his paintings by making form and color difficult to separate. By constructing the color in depth, Rothko accomplished structural compositions. Variety of hues, its complements and saturation levels evoke a sense of space.

Mark Rothko also believed in the symbolic amd metaphysical interpretations of his work.

When he started using dark colors with layers, the appearance did not get muddy or gray but instead the surface of his paintings emerges softer and more luminous. The duality side of his style, dark gets luminous, has connections with the dichotomies in life; simple yet complex emotions, rational yet abstract thoughts are all presented within the profound yet simple content of his work.

This light pink and blue painting of Rothko is interpreted as an influence by the minimalist, reductive- movement in art and architecture, as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, which was gaining momentum in the 70’s. Yet, for Rothko art surely meant to be experienced in conjunction with suggestive and vivid pictorials in its very expressive details such as color, form and balance.

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