Artwork of the month…Number 20 by Mark Rothko

This month I’ve decided to show a piece by one of my fave artists, Mark Rothko. It’s titled “Number 20”, as in his later work he preferred to number his works rather than title them. It was painted in 1950 and was produced during the period of his life where he’d established a particular style, which some people label as “abstract expressionist”, others as “colour field”. Rothko was well known for his large dark canvases in maroons and blacks, but I chose this one to present an example that is much brighter in colour. I love the warm yellows and the bright strip of red. Rothko pursued symbolic and mythological themes and ideas in his works, and brought them to a point where they were completely non-representational. The paintings were large in size so the viewer would feel almost overwhelmed, and were meant to be viewed close up. He was a well known member of the New York School of abstract expressionists, born in 1903, and died in 1970.

A painting by Mark Rothko, titled Number 20
Number 20, by Mark Rothko