By the 1950s abstract expressionist Mark Rothko had developed his signature motif: large canvases of luminous rectangles that seem to float within a larger color field. To achieve the sense of light emanating from his paintings, Rothko stained the canvases with multiple thin layers of pigments, some of which show through the top layer of paint. Even the deepest hues seem to emit light. In reducing forms to simple shapes presented on a grand scale that viewers were meant to experience in close quarters, Rothko sought to elicit deeply felt spiritual and philosophical reactions. He said he wanted to express “basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom. . . . The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.”
Contains five each of the following notecards: Green and Maroon, 1953 Green and Tangerine on Red, 1956 Ochre and Red on Red, 1954 Orange and Red on Red, 1957. Notecards are 5 x 7 inches and envelopes are included.
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