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Mark Rothko

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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

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It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing and stretching one's arms again.

— Mark Rothko

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It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism.

— Mark Rothko

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That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.

— Mark Rothko

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There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.

— Mark Rothko

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Silence is so accurate.

— Mark Rothko


Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.

— Mark Rothko

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I also hang the pictures low rather than high, and particularly in the case of the largest ones, often as close to the floor as is feasible, for that is the way they are painted.

— Mark Rothko

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If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas.

— Mark Rothko

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We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless.

— Mark Rothko

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Rothko’s one-man show at Guggenheim's gallery in late 1945 resulted in few sales (prices ranging from $150 to $750) and in less-than-favorable reviews. His paintings' "surfaces are expansive and push outward in all directions or their surfaces contract and rush inward in all directions. Like his father Rothko was passionate about such issues as workers’ rights and women's right to contraception.

Mark Rothko (Russian: Марк Ро́тко; born Ма́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич; Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz; September 25 1903 – February 25 1970) was an American painter of Latvian Jewish descent. He immigrated with his family from Dvinsk (now part of Latvia then part of the Russian Empire) to the United States in 1913 when he was 10 years old.

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