White and Greens in Blue Painted by Mark Rothko

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White and Greens in Blue painted by Mark Rothko is a very revolutionary painting. It is nonobjective and looks very different from the nonobjective paintings painted before it. Kandinsky’s First Abstract Watercolor is composed of random brushstrokes and lines. Mondrain’s Composition No.8, with Red, Blue, and Yellow, is organized by straight lines. However, White and Greens in Blue is a painting of large scale, displaying two huge green rectangles and one white rectangle on the blue background. This is referred to as Color Field Painting. Color Field Painting is the abstract painting “characterized by large expanses of barely contrasts of tone or obvious focus attention”. (Thesis:) White and Greens in Blue embodies Rothko’s revolutionary painting method, which allows the viewer to experience the tragic feeling through its shape, texture, flatness, scale, and color. Rothko compares the shapes in his pictures to actors and his pictures to dramas. He says, “I think of my pictures as dramas; the shapes in the pictures are the performers. They have been created from the need for a group of actors who are able to move dramatically without embarrassment and execute gestures without shame.” That is to say, shapes are the expressive actors who illustrate the tragic feeling that Rothko intended to show. However, the way they illustrate this feeling needs to be interpreted by the viewer. The unique texture used by Rothko helps the painting look dynamic and expressive. Unlike Mondrain, whose rectangles have sharp edges and even color, Rothko made the edge of his rectangles blurry, and the density of color uneven. It is easy to discover that the picture plane of White and Greens in Blue is built up by layers and layers of small brush strokes, and the brush marks are sometimes dense and sometimes sparse. This indicates that Rothko paints in a very spontaneous way. For example,

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