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Mark Rothko: black + gray paintings « Previous | |Next »
November 3, 2012

Mark Rothko’s late black and grey paintings were painted in the year leading up to his suicide in 1969. Unlike the sumptuous depths of his colour saturated paintings, they are completely flat.

RothkoUntitled (Black on Grey), 1970.jpg Mark Rothko, Untitled (Black on Grey), 1970

The paintings in this series are divided into two parts, each work has its upper section painted in a blackish brown acrylic, while the lower half - though the ratios differ from painting to painting - is made up of scrubbed, mudflat greys.

These paintings look almost like photographic abstractions.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:22 PM | | Comments (1)
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It is a nice portrayal of suicide.The skull in the top half and the sullen face looking downward in the lower half.Whether it was meant that way or not is not important. It is a good depiction of depression.