Mark Rothko pushed abstract art onwards with great momentum thanks to his inciteful paintings that he created purely for others to enjoy. Modern day print reproductions of his work are common and this shows how his work is still appreciated today, many decades after he passed away.
Oranges and yellows are key colours in some of his more popular work, with other frequent choices being blue, grey and red. White is used throughout his abstract spell to provide a powerful contrast, as shown in Red on White.
Early paintings from Rothko covered many different styles and subjects, with portraits being one area in which he was particularly interested in experimenting. It took quite some time for him to find his preferred abstract approach, and this is what he is now best known for. Only those who delve deeply into his work will discover these other methods in which he was involved.
Bands of colour cut across huge canvases to create the abstraction with which is instantly recognisable as the work of Rothko from the latter stages of his career. The finest work he produced is now highly sought after and held in many private collections across the world. Some national galleries in London, New York and Washington offer the public the priviledged opportunity to see some of the originals with their own eyes.
Rothko has donated several pieces to national galleries in order to ensure his work remains accessible to all, with financial gain rarely a motivating factor for most self-respecting artists.
Prints chosen by his international fanbase tend to include Magenta, Black, Green on Orange and No. 61 (Rust and Blue). His abstract approach was so consistent in later years that you can almost choose a piece from his career, whichever is your own favourite colour scheme. It is almost as if choosing a paint palette for your home, and many use these prints as quick and stylish ways to decorate their homes.
You will find that many of his famous paintings are named very simply, this is common for artists from the 20th century. Names often just include the colours used, or even the sequence number which each artwork fell in.
Mark Rothko went on to design a stunning Chapel, which you can still visit. There are sculptures from other artists outside, and this is a great location to enjoy 20th century art whilst finding a moment of peace for reflection.