Street Scene

By Mark Rothko SKU:201034

Mark Rothko's "Street Scene" is a mesmerizing masterpiece painted in 1936. This extraordinary artwork showcases Rothko's transition from realism to abstract expressionism. Unlike his later iconic color fields, this painting captures the raw energy of a bustling urban scene, using bold brushstrokes and vibrant hues. Its significance lies in its pivotal role, marking the turning point in Rothko's artistic journey. "Street Scene" foreshadows the birth of a revolutionary artist who would go on to redefine modern art with his emotionally charged, color-saturated canvases, making it an exceptional and pivotal work in his oeuvre.

33 cm

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Title: Mark Rothko’s “”Street Scene”” (1936): A Pivotal Masterpiece Redefining Modern Art

Year Painted: 1936

Mark Rothko’s “”Street Scene,”” painted in 1936, holds a special place in the art world as a pivotal masterpiece that marks a significant shift in the artist’s career and the evolution of modern art. This painting stands as a unique testament to Rothko’s transition from his earlier figurative works towards the abstract expressionism that would come to define his legacy.

Before delving into the significance of “”Street Scene,”” it is essential to understand Rothko’s background and artistic journey. Born in 1903 in Latvia, Rothko immigrated to the United States with his family in 1913. He studied art at various institutions, including Yale University and the Art Students League of New York. During the 1930s, Rothko was influenced by the works of Old Masters and was associated with the New York School of artists.

“”Street Scene”” captures Rothko’s experimentation with style and technique. It reflects a departure from traditional representation, where he embraced abstraction as a means of expressing complex emotions and ideas. The painting portrays a bustling urban scene, but instead of detailed realism, Rothko employs bold brushstrokes and vibrant colors to convey the energy and dynamism of the city. The viewer can sense the underlying tension and movement within the scene, hinting at the artist’s deeper exploration of human experiences beyond the surface of reality.

This artwork holds significant historical value as it captures the moment when Rothko started his transition towards the signature style that would eventually make him one of the most influential abstract expressionists of his time. The emotions conveyed through color and form in “”Street Scene”” foreshadow the transformative path Rothko was about to embark on, laying the groundwork for the renowned color field paintings he would later become celebrated for.

The transition from “”Street Scene”” to Rothko’s iconic color fields was a gradual one. His works in the following years continued to evolve, ultimately culminating in the famous large-scale canvases characterized by blocks of harmonious colors, intended to evoke deep emotional responses from the viewers. These later works are celebrated for their meditative and spiritual qualities, and “”Street Scene”” serves as a crucial link between Rothko’s early figurative style and his later abstract masterpieces.

In conclusion, Mark Rothko’s “”Street Scene”” painted in 1936 is a remarkably special painting that marks a turning point in the artist’s career and the history of modern art. Its significance lies not only in its own artistic merit but in its role as a bridge to Rothko’s groundbreaking color field paintings. By embracing abstraction and exploring the emotional power of color, Rothko revolutionized the art world, leaving behind a lasting legacy that continues to inspire and captivate art enthusiasts worldwide.

Original size:
75 x 50 cm (width x height)
Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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