Expressionism

The Expressionism series by Allan Banford features the Latvian artist Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) Mark Rothko (/ˈrɒθkoʊ/), born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz (Russian: Ма́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич, Latvian: Markuss Rotkovičs; September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was an American painter of Lithuanian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist.

In 1936, Rothko began writing a book, never completed, about similarities in the art of children and the work of modern painters. According to Rothko, the work of modernists, influenced by primitive art, could be compared to that of children in that “child art transforms itself into primitivism, which is only the child producing a mimicry of himself.” In this manuscript, he observed: “Tradition of starting withdrawing in academic notion We may start with color.” Rothko was using fields of color in his aquarelles and city scenes.

His style was already evolving in the direction of his renowned later works. Despite this newfound exploration of color, Rothko turned his attention to other formal and stylistic innovations, inaugurating a period of surrealist paintings influenced by mythological fables and symbols.

Rothko’s work later matured from representation and mythological subjects into rectangular fields of color and light, culminating in his final works for the Rothko Chapel. Between his early style of primitivist and playful urban scenes, and his later style of transcendent color fields was a long period of transition of monochromatic fields, certainly some of the most recognizable paintings produced in the 20th century.

Continuing the legacy of this remarkable artist, Allan Banford has developed an algorithm based on machine learning from over 200 painting scans from Mark Rothko’s, the artworks are generated by the system emulates the uniformity, color composition and calm effect of Rothko’s paintings, every single piece is unique and can not be replicated.

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