Mark Rothko Prints

Mark Rothko prints are examples of contemporary American art at it's very best. Rothkoprints.org brings you the very best paintings and prints from this great modern artist and discusses the life and career of Mark Rothko in full. Further down this page are list of the best Rothko prints available, plus also other artists that may also be of interest to you and are roughly related to Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko is one of several exceptional artists who have travelled from the former Russian empire to America to settle and concentrate on expanding on their artistic achievements and influences. This artist was originally born in what is now Latvia but later moved to New York where he could make the best of his ability. Rothko has since been classified in the art movements of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting in which he has become one of the key figures.

The art prints included below are particularly suitable as framed giclee prints which help to show off the original colour choices of the artist as well as finishing of the works in a professional, tidy manner. Other options from the links below are Rothko posters and stretched canvases. Tapestries, sketches and lithographs are normally offered for more traditional artists and Rothko's contemporary style is best served as prints. The Art.com links offer high quality products that we have purchased ourselves, and so we are happy to them recommend to you.

Artist Mark Rothko preferred to avoid any exact classification as an artist but in reality fits easily into the various types of abstract art, most notably color painting and abstract expressionism. The latter contains some of the most important 20th century artists and was responsible for major developments in mainstream art that we now have fully accepted.

The trip from Russia to USA was a popular choice for Jews at the time when the Rothko family chose to make it, forced to do so by strong concerns over their safety in the politically unstable Russian empire which was proving less than tolerant of individual artistic and religious freedon of expression. Many other famous artists have also made the same journey as Jewish art found a new avenue to help it to achieve the most from it's considerable potential and natural talents.

Learn More About Specfic Mark Rothko Prints

See below to learn more about five of the artist's works in particular detail. Orange Red Yellow and several untitled pieces remain amongst his most popular of all.

The Rothko family ws not hugely prosperous but clearly had enough stability and foresight to allow Mark to follow his aspirations and find the best way to make the most of himself. Mark Rothko was also to follow an interest in political discussions and his emotional, thoughtful character was developing from an early age. This strong, expressive personality was to later inspire his own artistic career.

Artists Arshile Gorky and Max Weber were both an early influence on a young Mark Rothko who found a greater connection with these two individuals than he did with anyone during his earlier education. It was now that he was finally to consider himself entirely as an artist and sought about expanding his ideas straight away through various courses and teachings that he could find around New York City at that time.

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

The timing of Rothko's arrival in New York could not have been any better, at a time when so many talented and established artists had settled in the area, offering new artists like Rothko an excellent educational basis with limitless variety covering all sorts of different aspects of contemporary art. Galleries and museums in New York were also much more geared up for, and appreciative of, the new movements coming out at that time than most other cities across the world.

The life of Rothko in New York was consistently full of artistic influences of high quality, even after his early days of tutoring. He was later to turn to teaching himself which brought him into contact with the bright young things of that period, including the likes of Adolph Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, Joseph Solman, Louis Schanker and John Graham. At this point clearly Rothko had gone full circle turning student into teacher.

Whilst supported early in his career by his family through their relocation to the United States, Mark Rothko was later to undergo serious questioning from his family over his choice of career because of the financial pressures which later existed. As is typical of many creative people, Rothko Jnr was not interested at all in such financial worries and carried on stubbornly to support his true artistic passions.

This conflict with his family did still not entirely go away even after hosting his first exhibition entirely dedicated to his own work, a major landmark for any artist. He did see the importance himself, however, and it was the start of his rise to great prominence in the art world in the years to come.

Mark Rothko Prints

Mark Rothko Prints

Mark Rothko is an artist who firmly believed in producing art that was contemporary and through techniques which were as far from academic as possible. He even saw drawing as an early sign of conforming to the norm and would concentrate more on colour thab anything else. Other artists such as Matisse and Chagall have also devoted themselves to colour selection as fundamentally above all else.

Rothko carefully studied art produced by children and saw qualities in it that existed in the modern art styles that were coming out of New York at that time. The primitive style was something he liked and was inspired by. It was also poles apart from traditional teachings which he loved. This revolutionary personality existed in politics as well as just art for Rothko and he constantly distanced himself from anything that he viewed as mainstream.

One time when politics frustrated was the time at which several artists including Rothko left American Artists’ Congress to set up the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors whose main ambition was to develop art as they had been doing before, but without any clear affiliation to political beliefs which had started to cloud the progress of the former.

It was around this time that the artist also abbreviated his birthname to the shortened version of Rothko in order to protect his Jewish background and disguise himself from dangerous groups that were hostile to his faith at the time. Some such people even existed in the United States and this forced him to take this precautionary action.

Orange Red Yellow

Orange Red Yellow

Believing firmly in the emotions behind his work, whilst striving for innovation and creativity, Rothko became slightly unsettled by his new fame as he was not sure he was receiving the right type of success. His concerns centred around those buying his paintings and whether they sought to understand the artist's original basis of thought that surrounded each one. Many, he felt, were simply participating in the latest artistic fashion that he would never have wanted to be a part of, even if it helped him to achieve financial stability.

The artist began to be disillusioned with the fashion of his works and would choose to be more and more secluded from the artistic public and his emotions continued to change at a will. This inability to accept and appreciate popularity is very common in artists who often react differently to that of the norm, which is perhaps the secret of their success and artistic creativity.

Rothko's messages were emotional and his vehicle for them was the colour choices which were bold and highly considered. The artist was so intent on achieving perfection with colour and light in his paintings that he would be exceptionally sensitive to how each of his works was stored and displayed, regularly losing his temper spectacularly if people did not meet his requirements and expectations to the letter.

The print artwork featured in this page are examples of the very best known Rothko paintings but many others are available as print reproductions. Simply click through to see the Rothko gallery which includes over a hundred titles by the great painter himself. A list of other prints can be found further down this page or in our sitemap.

Untitled

Untitled

Red White and Brown

Red White and Brown

Orange and Yellow

Orange and Yellow

White over Red

White over Red

Untitled Yellow Red Blue

Untitled Yellow Red Blue

Mark Rothko produced a fine collection of paintings across his career. Find below a helpful list of the most famous and respected Rothko works:

  • Violet, Green and Red
  • Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red)
  • Number 5
  • Orange and Yellow
  • White over Red
  • No. 3, 1967
  • Blue, Green, and Brown
  • Untitled
  • Untitled - Yellow, Red, Blue
  • Untitled, 1949
  • Green, Red, on Orange
  • Untitled (Blue, Yellow, Green on Red)
  • No. 61 (Brown, Blue, Brown on Blue)
  • No. 10, Brown, Black, Sienna on Dark Wine
  • Untitled (Blue, Dark Blue, Yellow)
  • White Cloud over Purple
  • Untitled, No. 11
  • Brown and Black in Reds
  • Yellow and Blue
  • Red, White, Brown
  • Yellow and Gold
  • Yellow and Blue

Mark Rothko is one of many exceptional artists involved in the abstract expressionist and colour field painting art movements, and a further list of other notable painters is included below.

  • Josef Albers
  • Edward Avedisian
  • Thomas Downing
  • Friedel Dzubas
  • Paul Feeley
  • Sam Francis
  • Helen Frankenthaler
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Paul Klee
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer
  • Joan Miro
  • Piet Mondrian
  • Robert Motherwell
  • Barnett Newman
  • Kenneth Noland
  • Jules Olitski
  • Mark Rothko
  • Clyfford Still
  • Herbert Ferber
  • Helen Frankenthaler
  • Michael Goldberg
  • Robert Goodnough
  • Arshile Gorky

The paintings displayed within this homepage are just a small selection of the career output of this fascinating and inspirational contemporary artist. You will find a much wider selection of Rothko paintings in the extended gallery at Art.com which is linked to throughout this website. They specialise in art reproductions but those looking to find more information on the artist himself should instead check out the likes of Wikipedia and other online resources which carry far greater textual content.

Tom Gurney