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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, Green on Blue (Earth-Green and White), 1954

Mark Rothko (American, b. Russia (now Latvia), 1903-1970)
Green on Blue (Earth-Green and White) 1954
Oil on canvas
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr.
1964.001.001

Mark Rothko often anthropomorphized his paintings, asserting that his art “is not abstract; it lives and breathes.” He believed his works inspire an intimate dialogue between the artist and the audience, and that understanding comes from serious and extended contemplation by the viewer. His method was just as meditative—this painting was painstakingly created by a complex process of soaking and staining the canvas with thin layers of paint.