Mark Rothko on Expressing Experience

13 04 2008

http://www.artinthepicture.com/artists/Mark_Rothko/quotes.html

April 12,2008

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.”

http://www.nga.gov/feature/rothko/classic1.shtm

“The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions.. the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when painting them. And if you say you are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point.”

http://www.nga.gov/feature/rothko/abstraction1a.shtm


“I don’t express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self.”

http://www.nga.gov/feature/rothko/late4a.shtm

“It was with the utmost reluctance that I found the figure could not serve my purposes….But a time came when none of us could use the figure without mutilating it.”

National Gallery of Art Washington

http://www.nga.gov/feature/rothko/myths1.shtm


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