Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Michael FitzGerald


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.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History.