Abstraction made into introspection … Rothko

 

Mark Rothko

American Born Russia 1903-1970

NO.14 1960

Oil on canvas

Emitting a brilliance as if illuminated from within, Rothko´s painting often arouse a deeply emotional responso from viewers. His aim was to create intimate and enveloping environments in which the color, texture, and scale of his compositions would draw the viewer closer. Here the large red orange passage with its velvety, luminous surface helps achive this effect by seeming to project forwar into the viewer´s space, while the dense, dark indigo band below pulls back into itseld. A warm eggpland color at the paintings perimeter gently frames our gaze and encourages us to attend to the act of looking

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Self portrait with Rothko background

Ok so this is the explanation at the Sfmoma , and yes I have to say that this painting completely made me look , stop and go within. Which is what is said in all meditation and mindfulness practices, stop look within. He achieved it and that is what art is.

Something that makes us feel what the artist wanted to convey or even a vehicle to an inward experience within oneself…..

Just by entering the room where the painting was made me be present and that is the secret of having a meaningful life… being present in every thing we do.

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