This is our final week of the mystical/mythical art inspired series that Christopher Rico curated for TrustYourStyle, and although I’m a little sad to see it end, I have to agree with Christopher that this week’s pick is sublime in the truest sense. For some, the paintings are a spiritual experience transcending its subject matter, for others the impenetrable surfaces are about contemplating the unknowable.
Christopher: “Mark Rothko. So hard to choose. There’s the series in the Tate, of course, but I have always loved the chapel work. I’ve been there and they are beautiful and terrible; sublime in the truest sense. One goal has always been a museum show, but another personal goal of mine is a chapel commission. I would live to do that. Rothko has always been one of the largest influences on my work”.
The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Even to someone familiar with Rothko’s late palette of dark colors, the art comes as a shock: hard-edged black rectangles on a maroon ground; no soft edges; touches of plum and perhaps burgundy. Rothko wanted the works to be poignant, even tragic. Only one looks like a “Rothko”—that is, a single block floating on top of a smaller space—and this is the picture on the chapel’s rear wall…And because he always preferred gray walls to white ones, you see even less contrast than you would in a museum display. The experience is all about subtlety. The eye must adjust; the pictures change constantly depending on the weather.”
To me, Marc Rothko’s “black with color” chapel commission pieces effortlessly translate into the dark layered colors going into the gray season of fall/winter.
How do you feel about Marc Rothko’s chapel work and will you be layering dark colors this winter?
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