Whenever the term Abstract Expressionism is mentioned one has to
think immediately of Mark Rothko, who belonged to the early
exponents of this movement in the Fifties. Mark Rothko was born on
Sept. 25th 1903 in Dünaburg, Lithuania. Together with his family, he
emigrated into the U.S. in 1913. During his career as a painter he came
in contact with Abstract Expressionism in the 1940s, which he greatly
influenced with his large-format featuring merging into one another
The painted areas, often with a sharp colour contrast, are placed next
to one another and thereby gain an enormous prominence because of
the fading outlines at their edges, which was described by critics in
such terms as spatial vibration or lyrical colour sensibility.
Undisputed are the highly suggestive and at the same time decorative
effects of his paintings, which impart a highly emotional, even mystical
prominence, because of their reduction to a few complementary colours
in simple formstructures.
There was nothing to be seen in his pictures other than colour, but
what was seen had a strong impact on the viewer. Mark Rothko, who
died on the Feb. 25th 1970 in New York made an important
contribution to the meditative orientation of Abstract Expressionism.