Mark Rothko : Toward Clarity - the exhibition catalogue from The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Mark Rothko : Toward Clarity

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'An ode to one of the most influential expressionist painters and a feast for the eyes.' - Scene Point Blank

A richly illustrated book exploring Mark Rothko's deep and sustained engagement with the history of art, published to coincide with an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

While Mark Rothko (1903-1970) has long been considered a preeminent figure in 20th-century art, few publications have examined his work within the broader context of Western art, even though Rothko himself continuously sought it out as inspiration. Rothko had a profound interest in history and art history-including Greek and Roman mythology, Egyptian fables, Byzantine and early Italian gold-ground paintings, and masterworks of the Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age. He first traveled to Europe in 1950, starting in Paris and winding through Venice, Arezzo, Siena, Florence, and Rome; along the way, he admired frescoes by Fra Angelico and architecture by Michelangelo.

This beautiful book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, examines the influence of the artist's travels on his oeuvre. It presents Rothko's engagement with important classical and Old Master works, highlighting older techniques and ideas that the artist may have sought to emulate. Works representative of Rothko's entire corpus are beautifully illustrated with full-page colour plates.

The book also contains writings by the artist-selected for publication by his son-that document his appreciation of art history in his own words.

  • Author: Jasper Sharp, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
  • Hardcover: 184 pages | 100 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300243758
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 24.0 cm

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