Mark Rothko, Orange and Yellow, 1956

The National Gallery of America has an informative online exhibit on Mark Rothko, erstwhile Portland resident and one of the major American painters of the 20th century. For me, Rothko puts the lie to the idea that abstract art is not “about beauty”: Rothko canvasses are just strikingly beautiful, such that the connection of visual pleasure and representational art becomes rather questionable. The images of the paintings are rather small, but there’s lots of interesting early works and biographical detail.

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