Rothko Untitled 1949

Rothko, Untitled 1949 Mark Rothko  was an American painter, most commonly identified as an Abstract Expressionist.

He wrote,

  • “When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing.
  • No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money.
  • Yet, it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain.
  • Today it is not quite the same.
  • It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption.
  • Which condition is better for the world at large I shall not venture to discuss.
  • But I do know that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow.”

(The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art )


Rothko’s Untitled 1949 is part of the collection at the National Gallery of Art.

It is my favorite Rothko painting. It expresses both gravity and buoyancy. It is organic, rough, layered and luminous.

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