Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Nothing, at first glance, seems a more unlikely point of departure for a discussion of Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings than his work under the Art Students League. The two eras belong to different poles of artistic instinct: the first, dark paints thickly impastoed, raw and unfounded in the first hesitant attempt at the human figure, the other, thin washes of gossamer color in hazy geometric form. However, where these two eras coincide is where we find Rothko’s most crucial concerns as he embarked on the creation of his mature format.
Nelson, Madeline, "The Reality of Things: Mark Rothko’s Progression from Figuration to Abstraction". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2019.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/755