Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rothko's Very Early Landscapes

Painter Mark Rothko was notorious for being a late-bloomer, showing few signs of genius before he struck upon his unique approach late in middle age. Like many, I'm not a fan of his early work, but I do like these Oregon landscapes painted very early, at age 30. They don't reveal even a glimmer of the totemic power and brilliance of his later output, but I like them. The bottom four can't be seen elsewhere; I grabbed them from the PBS documentary "Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous", viewable for free here.

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