Sunday, May 27, 2012

Art School

Mark Rothko Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red 1949

Following on from last week's Jackson Pollock, this week I wanted to share another Abstract Expressionist - Mark Rothko. Despite being grouped in the same school, these two artists are so different, and their works encourage such vastly opposite reactions from the viewer. 

While Pollock's work speaks of energy, anger, frustration, almost an explosion of emotion, Rothko's colourful blocks are a calming force (of course his later life and exploration of darker hues lean more towards being quietly distrurbing.) Both might be overwhelming, but for such different reasons. I don't think I could choose one or the other as a 'favourite', as I can definitely identify with each extreme emotion they express.

Both artists met tragic early deaths, yet contributed so much to modern art. Despite the obvious stylistic differences it is the emotion they have in common, and it is so personal too. Do you respond to Rothko or Pollock? Or neither?

Gaby xoxo

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