The Where’s my Backpack word this week is PINK. And while I like pink for a few things, it is a color I hardly ever wear. Also, because I am “flowered out” this week, I thought I would highlight some ART work for this pink topic. And to do this, I went back to the 3 artists I featured last month: Matisse, O’Keeffe, and Rothko.
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As most know, Henri Matisse was a French artist who did mixed media, but he is really well known for his colorful paintings. Early on he was referred to as a fauvist (for wild beast-like color) and then was noted as more of classical French painter. However, as he matured, he was noted for having a modernist art style all of his own. “Matisse creates an art all his own: it has different rules and different purposes from anyone else’s. Later modernists tried to learn this from him.” Matisse often used NO light source and ended up with designs while he attempted “divisionistic” techniques.
Georgia O’Keeffe is also noted for her paintings, and while her beautiful flowers usually come to mind first, she also has landscapes and abtracts that are nice – and also in pink. The pieces I have featured in her collage (below) are two abstracts (one early, 1916 – and one late, 1970) and a representational piece, Red Hills, Lake George, 1927.
Interestingly, O’Keeffe was moving AWAY from abstract during the mid-1920s (and was aiming to do more realistic painting so her work would be less open for interpretation, which did not really work). Around the time that O’Keeffe was moving away from it, Rothko was moving towards abstract!
Rothko was a representational painter for many years (about 17) because it was an “inherited” style that he was taught. Rothko’s art teacher was Max Weber, who was a student of Henri Matisse (and Rousseau). However, eventually Rothko became known as an abstract expressionistic artist who believed that spiritual and emotional aspects underpinned all art. He is also known for his large and contemplative pieces that have “fugue-like” arrangement (more here).
Well I think Rothko’s White Center painting (above) looks like a slice of layered cake. And as with most art, I assume that Rothko’s work NEEDS to be seen in person to enjoy more, and someday I would like to see this piece up close, which now resides with its new owner in Qatar.
Happy Sunday to you.