About Rothko

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As the Washington Post says, "Dore Ashton brings the reader to the very core of Mark Rothko's art." She draws on her countless interviews with the artist—giving little credence to the false mythology surrounding his work—to take us to the heart of Rothko's painting, showing its derivation from his reading, travel, and thought.

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Overview

As the Washington Post says, "Dore Ashton brings the reader to the very core of Mark Rothko's art." She draws on her countless interviews with the artist—giving little credence to the false mythology surrounding his work—to take us to the heart of Rothko's painting, showing its derivation from his reading, travel, and thought.

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A work biography of the famous abstract expressionist whose canvasses articulate many of the ideas and feelings of modern art, particularly the New York school. Ashton avoids gossip and concentrates on influences, the poets, philosophers, world events, and other artists who helped shape Rothko's imagery. She uses interviews, Rothko's own writing, and her conversations with the artist to portray the complexity of his genius and the scope of an artist's working life. This vital companion to Rothko's work includes, alas, only a few color and black and white reproductions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812644
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 1,201,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dore Ashton's books include A Joseph Cornell Album, Picasso on Art, A Critical Study of Philip Guston, A Fable of Modern Art, The New York School, Noguchi East and West, and A Reading of Modern Art. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    behind the color

    Dore Ashton befriended Mark Rothko, the famed impressionist painter and she shares her insight into the life of this artist in her book, About Rothko.
    With some beautiful images, you get a sense of the larger than life work of Rothko. This artist sought to bring out the internal inspiration onto the canvas. To delve into the inner demons we all see and splash them onto his master pieces.
    This book is a good start to peek into a complex man who pushed the envelope. He could be gregarious and engaging one minute and a recluse the next.
    Ashton shares her first hand relationship which gives this book a colorful peek into an artist’s life.

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