A Date with Mark Rothko

The Mark Rothko exhibit that Barry and I have been talking about going to for months now is closing this weekend.  Yikes!  We hurried ourselves down to the Portland Art Museum the other night to catch the retrospective before it was gone.  It was a wonderful (albeit very small) show - it was interesting to see Rothko's work before he developed his well-known color fields.  Most of the paintings that came before the color fields bared strong resemblance to the work of other modern artists:

some reminded us of pablo picasso

some reminded us of ernst ludwig kirchner

then there was my favorite non-color field painting
(of a New York City N train station!)

some reminded us of joan miro

some reminded us of clyfford still

and some reminded us of why we love the work of mark rothko

Please pardon a few of these links...
I tried to find similar images to the ones above.
Some of them had lame sources.


traci said...

just went today! vera was quite partial to the purple color fields.

did you make it upstairs to see the john frame show? brothers quay-esque.

Holly said...

I love this post! Makes me want to get to a museum...and think of the fun we had in art class in college. Miss you guys like crazy

Mom said...

As you know love Mark Rothko.