Collector’s Choice: Red!


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Mark Rothko : Red Abstracts

Thanks to Azurebumble

Above:  Mark Rothko. Orange, Red, Orange. Oil on paper.

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Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.

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Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.

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Mark Rothko.  Oil on canvas.

One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko is closely identified with the New York School, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko’s work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms. He explained:

“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”

 

 

More Red Paintings

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Henri Matisse:  “The Desert:  Harmony in Red, 180 x 221 cm, 1908

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More Red Art

This set of images includes art from living artists. All of these artists have been featured on Kirsteinfinefineart. These artists include Kurt Nimmo, Rick Bennett, and Janis Kirstein.

 

Click on  thumbnails to enlarge.

Red is a color I love, but ordinarily for me, a little red goes a long way. However, all of the paintings on this series use a proportional predominance of red. Red is an assertive color that comes forward toward the viewer. It is a warm color, an assertive color, and even can be an aggressive color. Red is associated with fire, passion, heat, energy, blood, life force, and is a high impact color. Red is said to make people hungry, thus the predominance of red in fast food decor: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Rally’s for examples.

Hope this blog didn’t make you too hungry!

 

Jan Kirstein

Kirsteinfineart

 

To see more of my Red Collage Series, click here and go to November Collages 2016 Gallery.

 

 

 

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