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Mark Rothko: I Don't Paint Objects, I Paint Ideas



The leading representative of Abstract Expressionism. An artist who helped the USA to take its rightful place in the history of world painting. He refused to explain his work, believing that paintings should be felt. Some of those who feel, pay tens of millions of dollars won in NationalCasino Roulette for his works.

Rothko's expressive paintings have a mystical feature - according to many viewers when you look at them closely, the paintings evoke strong emotions - a heightened sense of solitude, pleasure, fear, up to the fact that especially sensitive people can cry when looking at them. In the 50-ies Mark Rothko finally developed his style and philosophy. And fame and money came to him. In the past, his paintings didn't fetch more than a hundred dollars. By the '60s, prices soared to ten thousand per canvas. The artist, transformed from a beggar to a rich man, became the embodiment of the American dream.

Rothko's paintings seem to invite seclusion and meditation. The paintings plunge people into a hypnotic state and do not let go. His work has been compared to icons.

To try to understand and appreciate Mark Rothko's work one must necessarily see the originals of his work. The color fields evoke emotions even in an untrained viewer.

Mark Rothko's inheritance is almost eight hundred paintings and two thousand drawings. His paintings have no titles, only numbers.

His canvases were the subject of a court case in one of the most high-profile art-related trials of the 20th century. The children managed to expose the crooks. And it was his three closest friends. Behind the artist's back, shortly before his death, they negotiated a large deal to sell paintings to the Marlborough Gallery, whose owner came up with this multi-million dollar scam. The trial did not take place until four years later. Despite the ban, Marlborough continued to sell Rothko paintings, the prices of which jumped tenfold. Three months after the death of the artist, one of his paintings, bought for 12 thousand, the gallery sold for 250 thousand dollars. A little later, three paintings were sold for 9 million dollars. The most expensive painting left in 2012 at Christie's in New York for 87 million dollars. According to Kate, his father never got used to the idea that his work was recognized.










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