Words of Wisdom: Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, Slow Swirl at Edge of the Sea, 1944, © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The passions are a kind of thirst, inexorable and intense, for certain feelings or felt states. To find or invent ‘objects’ (which are, more strictly speaking, relational structures) whose felt quality satisfies the passions,- that for me is the activity of the artist, an activity which does not cease even in sleep. No wonder the artist is constantly placing and displacing, relating and rupturing relations; his task is to find a complex of qualities whose feeling is just right – veering toward the unknown and chaos, yet ordered and related in order to be apprehended”  –Mark Rothko, source of artist quotes painter of the Sublime: ‘Beyond the Aesthetics’, Robert Motherwell, in ‘Design 47, no 8, April 1946, pp. 38-39

Drama moves us: conflict is an inherent pattern in reality. Harmony moves us too: faced as we are with ever imminent disorder. It is a powerful idea. Van Gogh’s drama and Seurat’s silent harmony were born in the same country and epoch: but they do not contradict one another; they refer to different patterns among those which constitute reality.”  –Mark Rothko, source of artist quotes painter of the Sublime: ‘Beyond the Aesthetics’, Robert Motherwell, in ‘Design 47, no 8, April 1946, pp. 38-39.

 (Sources:  Donna Mann, Mark Rothko Web Exhibit, The National Gallery of Art, Retrieved from http://www.nga.gov/feature/rothko/ – Works by Mark Rothko © 1998 Christopher Rothko & Kate Rothko Prezel; Art history in quotes by famous artists and painters, Mark Rothko: Biography & Quotes, http://www.quotes-famous-artists.org/mark-rothko )

Rothko in his 69th Street studio with Rothko Chapel murals, c. 1964, © Hans Namuth Estate, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona

Rothko in his 69th Street studio with Rothko Chapel murals, c. 1964, © Hans Namuth Estate, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona

Mark Rothko, Untitled, late 1920s, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.204

Mark Rothko, Untitled, late 1920s, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.204

Mark Rothko, Entrance to Subway [Subway Scene],1938, Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel

Mark Rothko, Entrance to Subway [Subway Scene],1938, Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel

Mark Rothko, The Omen of the Eagle,1942, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.107

Mark Rothko, The Omen of the Eagle,1942, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.107

Mark Rothko, Number 7,1947/1948, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.,1986.43.120

Mark Rothko, Number 7,1947/1948, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.,1986.43.120

Mark Rothko, Untitled [Multiform],1948, Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel

Mark Rothko, Untitled [Multiform],1948, Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel

Mark Rothko, No. 10,1950. Oil on canvas, 229.2 x 146.4 cm (90 1/4 x 57 5/8), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Philip Johnson, 1952, © 1998, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mark Rothko, No. 10,1950. Oil on canvas, 229.2 x 146.4 cm (90 1/4 x 57 5/8), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Philip Johnson, 1952, © 1998, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mark Rothko, No. 2 (No. 7 and No. 2), 1951 (alternatively dated to 1950), Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia

Mark Rothko, No. 2 (No. 7 and No. 2), 1951 (alternatively dated to 1950), Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia

Mark Rothko, Untitled,1953, Private Collection

Mark Rothko, Untitled,1953, Private Collection

Mark Rothko, Untitled (Seagram Mural sketch), 1959 , National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.156

Mark Rothko, Untitled (Seagram Mural sketch), 1959 , National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.156

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