Rothko

I’m discovering Rothko.  It doesn’t make me cry, but it is astonishing.

No_61_Mark_RothkoRothko didn’t have that archaic message that Jung talks about at first. . .but he discovered late in life this build up of paint, so maybe he got the message later. Jung speaks of it as a secret.

It’s through that build-up of paint – the way one color bleeds into another – that he gets to a luminosity that’s incredible. It’s more than paint, it’s a spiritual thing.

But Mark Rothko got rich, fabulously rich. He became a millionaire from that. You can’t live with that. With his conscience and his self-knowledge he could not live with it.

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