Brown, blue, brown and blue

“A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is the experience..

Mark Rothko

Number 61 is a 1953 painting by New York abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. It is also known as Rust and Blue. Rothko referred to it in his studio journal as Brown, blue, brown and blue. It’s basic hue is blue, which is a departure from his beloved reds. Abstract expressionism is divided into two schools. Action painting (think of Jackson Pollack spilling and flinging paint) and colour field painting of which Rothko is the key figure. This style of painting seems deceptively simple to create. Rothko is probably the most forged modern artist. His technique is actually quite complex, employing dozens of semi-transparent glazes. The result is a piece that has an inner glow, almost seeming to be backlit. That is something that has proved elusive to copy. #blueabstraction #letsmakelemonade

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