Feb. 15th, 2006

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Jonathan Jones on Mark Rothko's Seagram murals in the Tate Modern.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/critic/feature/0,1169,931796,00.html

Rothko's not by any stretch of the imagination an easy artist to grok or to think about. Basically, he painted large brooding colour fields.

This article, though, says a lot about the way he thought, and why he went back on his commission to provide "600 square feet of paintings for the most exclusive room in the new Four Seasons restaurant at the Seagram Building in New York - the most prestigious public commission that had ever been awarded to an abstract expressionist painter, a tremendously lucrative and enviable chance to take his work to new heights of ambition."
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