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Mark Rothko

Data de nascimento: 25. Setembro 1903
Data de falecimento: 25. Fevereiro 1970

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Mark Rothko foi um pintor norte-americano de origem letã e judaica. Imigrou com sua família de Dvinsk para os Estados Unidos em 1913, quando ele tinha dez anos. Ele é classificado como um expressionista abstrato, embora ele tenha rejeitado esse rótulo. Resistiu aceitar, também, a classificação de "pintor abstrato". Tal como Jackson Pollock e Willem de Kooning, Rothko é um dos mais famosos pintores americanos do período pós-guerra.

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„A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience.“

—  Mark Rothko
As quoted in 'Mark Rothko', Dorothy Seiberling in LIFE magazine (16 November 1959), p. 82

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„I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.“

—  Mark Rothko
Context: I am not an abstractionist... I am not interested in the relationships of color or form or anything else... I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on — and the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures show that I communicate those basic human emotions... The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point! In: Conversations with Artists, Selden Rodman, New York Devin-Adair 1957. p. 93.; reprinted as 'Notes from a conversation with Selden Rodman, 1956', in Writings on Art: Mark Rothko (2006) ed. Miguel López-Remiro p. 119 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=ZdYLk3m2TN4C&pg=PA119

„It's a risky business to send a picture out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent who could extend their affliction universally!“

—  Mark Rothko
As quoted in Conversations with Artists (1957) by Selden Rodman, p. 92; later published in 'Notes from a conversation with Selden Rodman, 1956' in Writings on Art : Mark Rothko (2006) ed. Miguel López-Remiro

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„I hope to paint something that will ruin the appetite of every son of a bitch who ever eats in that room.“

—  Mark Rothko
As quoted in 'The New Yorker', 5 April 2010, p. 26 / and Wikipedia quote of Rothko, c. 1958, on his commissioned murals for the 'Four Seasons' restaurant in the Seagram Building; Rothko returned his advance and kept the paintings for himself.

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