Artist Spotlight: Mark Rothko
Associated with the New York School group of painters in the 1940s, his work is characterized by its shapes, colors, depth of hue, and scale. His classic painting style, a series of stacked rectangles for which he would become best known, emerged in the early 1950s. He explored other themes such as surreally rendering of the anxiety over WWII, and then total abstraction of shape, but continued to return to his initial rectangular shapes.
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