Well known for their images featuring large and luminous color blocks, Rothko paintings are classified as abstract expressionist pieces. The forms, figures and color created by Mark Rothko are what his many paintings are well known for.
The first abstract Rothko paintings were oriented towards social themes with expressionist and surrealist undertones. Their subjects were reflections of the influence of Max Weber, who provided Mark with first hand knowledge and enthusiasm for European modernism. Another artist who influenced Mark’s work was Marc Chagall.
Often the focal points in Rothko paintings are urban scenes and landscapes. Figurative works would also turn out to be a major output for Rothko creations. The expressive side to the art of Mark was showcased by his rough application of paint. This distinctive style would become the technique for which he would be most known for during the course of his artistic career.
It is an often intricate and complex journey through a maze of references that Basquiat paintings are known for. This journey often times made little rational sense, but nonetheless, fell appear to have a reason for existence. Basquiat paintings are mesmerizing, dense and full as their subjects range from the inner city kids’ game called skellys to Sugar Ray Robinson, Miles Davis and Da Vinci.
Perfectly placed streams of consciousness colliding with iconic images of crowns and skulls, actual words, etched in scrawl, takes primacy in Basquiat paintings. Compared to some of Basquiat’s works, they prove to be a bit less dark. Studying the work will find a patron getting lost in the collision for hours and hours.
Basquiat paintings take his patrons into the mind of a prodigal genius with flashes of an early style. Always present in these works is the ubiquitous trademark crown as well as the black background and mirrored images, boxers and skulls. The early Basquiat drawings hold the key to all his work, numbering to more than 2,000 from the ages of 19 to 27.