Blue, Green, and Brown, 1952 by Mark Rothko
In these paintings, color and structure are inseparable: the forms themselves consist of color alone, and their translucency establishes a layered depth that complements and vastly enriches the vertical architecture of the composition.
Variations in saturation and tone as well as hue evoke an elusive yet almost palpable realm of shallow space. Color, structure, and space combine to create a unique presence. In this respect, Rothko stated that the large scale of these
canvases was intended to contain or envelop the viewer–not to be “grandiose,” but “intimate and human.”
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