Sacrifice of iphigenia

By Mark Rothko SKU:201037

Mark Rothko's "Sacrifice of Iphigenia," painted in 1942, is a deeply evocative masterpiece that holds immense significance in the artist's early career. Departing from representational art, Rothko delves into abstraction, using emotive colors and forms to convey the tragic mythological story of Iphigenia's sacrifice. The painting's intensity lies in its ability to evoke profound emotions, drawing viewers into the poignant narrative without relying on traditional imagery. "Sacrifice of Iphigenia" marks Rothko's bold exploration of psychological depth, foreshadowing his iconic color field paintings. Its timeless and emotive nature makes it a truly exceptional and influential work in the realm of modern art.

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Title: Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” (1942): An Emotive Exploration of Myth and Abstraction

Year Painted: 1942

Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia,”” painted in 1942, stands as a profoundly significant and emotive masterpiece in the artist’s early career. Departing from traditional representation, Rothko delves into abstraction to convey the tragic mythological narrative of Iphigenia’s sacrifice. This painting holds a special place in Rothko’s body of work due to its powerful emotional impact and its foreshadowing of his iconic color field style.

The painting draws its inspiration from Greek mythology, specifically the story of Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon, who was sacrificed to appease the gods and ensure safe passage for the Greek fleet to Troy. Instead of portraying the scene literally, Rothko uses abstract forms and intense colors to evoke the profound emotions associated with the tragic tale.

Through a carefully orchestrated combination of deep reds, somber blacks, and ethereal whites, Rothko captures the pathos and tension of the sacrificial event. The intense hues seem to pulse and vibrate, immersing the viewer in the emotional turmoil of the ancient drama. Rothko’s deliberate use of abstraction allows for a more profound and universal interpretation, transcending the specifics of the myth to touch upon themes of sacrifice, loss, and human suffering.

“”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” serves as a crucial link between Rothko’s earlier figurative works and his later signature style of color field painting. It marks his bold departure from traditional representation and his increasing focus on the emotive power of color and form. The painting demonstrates Rothko’s early exploration of psychological depth, as he sought to create art that could resonate on a deeper level with the human experience.

As a pivotal work in Rothko’s career, “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” foreshadows the revolutionary path he would take, leading to his renowned color field paintings. These later works, characterized by large, luminous color expanses, would become synonymous with Rothko’s name and an essential part of the abstract expressionist movement.

The lasting appeal and significance of “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” lie in its ability to connect with viewers on an emotional and contemplative level. By transcending the boundaries of time and mythology, Rothko’s painting reaches out to universal human experiences of tragedy, sacrifice, and redemption. Its emotive power and evocative storytelling make it a truly exceptional and influential work, ensuring its enduring place in the pantheon of modern art.

In conclusion, Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” painted in 1942 is a masterful exploration of myth and abstraction, showcasing the artist’s early pursuit of emotive expression through color and form. Its powerful resonance and foreshadowing of his iconic style make it a unique and exceptional painting, solidifying Rothko’s status as a groundbreaking figure in the world of modern art.

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Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
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40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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