Mark Rothko was a very particular artist, who conquered his fame just before his death.
He painted abstract art, and was one of the first colorfield painters. In fact, everyone can recognise a Rothko’s painting by looking at its particular layout of rectangular colorfields, that seem to float on top of one another.
His works are always enormous, and the observer is supposed to get lost in it. You may think “everyone could do that”, and this is probably right: but noone actually did it. The purpose of the painting is to capture who’s looking at it, and transport them in an onirical space. It becomes an incredible spiritual trip into the colors and the painting strokes.
The life of the artist was hard, he could not live with his art only, so he taught art instead. Moreover, he was depressed and died for suicide in 1970.
Some of his most important works of art, were made to be shown in what was called “the Rothko Chapel”, a spiritual, poli-religious, inclusive chapel in Houston. The chapel was completed only after his death, but it became the destination of everyone who wanted to feel lost in the paintings, and everyone who wanted to meditate with their help. All the paintings which are decorating the chapel are black and purple, creating a deep dark new dimension.
#funfact: one of his paintings, “White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)” was sold by Sotheby’s in New York for 72,84 millions of dollars!
Bibliography and further readings:
The Rothko Chapel: http://www.rothkochapel.org/
BAAL TESHUVA, Rothko, Taschen, 2015
ASHTON Dore, Rothko: The Color Field Paintings, Chronicle Books, 2017