Bruce Kenyon – Mark Rothko Analysis

Rothko’s work can be interpreted in many different ways, which is something i like about Abstract Expressionism. In this picture i see two deep emotions either conflicting or just looking at each other. This deep blue is surrounded by a light blue that suggests peace and harmony. In the middle there is a middle colored blue that serves as the mediator or maybe the acknowledgment that there are deep emotions all around it. This middle strip of blue is the awareness that there is light all around, even when we are troubled by massive blocks of blue.

2 Responses

  1. In your analysis you suggest that the massive blocks of blue are troublesome in appearance. This is the exact opposite effect that these blocks have on me. Their increased uniformity, as compared to the lighter surrounding shades of blue, instills a sense of balance and peace in my mind. They split my attention to both the top and bottom of the page and cause a strong sense of relaxation. This interpretation perfectly illustrates your first claim that Rothko’s work can be interpreted in a number of ways.

  2. I see three rectangles that were splashed on to a canvas

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