Mark Rothko Quotes

13 Mark Rothko quotes:

"The myth holds us, therefore, not through its romantic flavor, not the remembrance of beauty of some bygone age, not through the possibilities of fantasy, but because it expresses to us something real and existing in ourselves, as it was to those who first stumbled upon the symbols to give them life."
"And last, it may be worthwhile trying to hang something beyond the partial wall because some of the pictures do very well in a confined space."
"This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative; and have been painted in a scale of normal living rather than an institutional scale."
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"That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art."
"If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas."
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"Silence is so accurate."
"I also hang the largest pictures so that they must be first encountered at close quarters, so that the first experience is to be within the picture."
"Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness."
"I also hang the pictures low rather than high, and particularly in the case of the largest ones, often as close to the floor as is feasible, for that is the way they are painted."
"We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless."
"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."
"From him I got my love for music, and for many years I was the classical music critic for magazines that have since folded, such as Musical America and High Fidelity. During the last year of his life, I would come to the studio, and he would arrange a corner for me with a canvas and paints. I don't think that I saw him paint. He didn't allow anyone to watch him. That was his own private affair."
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