…is a contemporary expression in painting started in the middle of 20th and not far from exhausted . It is characterized by large , well -filled homogeneously colorfields . Many of my works do have a pulsing and a kind of breathing of color in common. The perception is of crucial importance and essential for image belonging. This technique was developed in its most impressive form in the 1950s in America. Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler or Barnett Newman ( Who’s afraid of red , yellow and blue ) are important representatives of this style .
The colorfield paintings are mostly on large format and show at first glance no visible composition. Often the pure color applied to the surface that is disturbed only by marginal changes in color , but they are compositionally very important. The quality of the color plays a vital role in spaces that are opened , the viewer a different kind of perception is offered , which shall otherwise remain unobserved. The class Colour Field Painting was coined by the American art critic Clement Greenberg . But let Rohtko use his own words :
“I am not an abstract painter. I am not interested in the relationship between form and color. The only thing I care about is the expression of man’s basic emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, destiny. Since my pictures are large, colorful and unframed, and since museum walls are usually immense and formidable, there is the danger that the pictures relate themselves as decorative areas to the walls. This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative.”