“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 )