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The Artist's Reality by Mark Rothko
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Jul 12, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: abandoned, art, philosophy, nonfiction
Read in July, 2010

(page xi) "It had a weightness and grandeur that probably exceeded its contents..."

I have abandoned the book. Maybe I am not yet ready to understand what is written here, I don't know. I love Rothko but I can't seem to get this. At times I think he's rambling more than he is reflecting. There was so much promise from the introduction written by his son, Christopher, but the subsequent sections just feel flat and uninspiring.

I was expecting to read more in-depth observations about Rothko's works but he never talks about them. I did some research and found out that Rothko wrote this before he had developed his signature style, so maybe that's why.

Nevertheless, for all my gripes, it hasn't escaped me, too, that I might just be too young or too naive to get everything. That maybe my "cup is too full."

Hoping to revisit this book in the future then.

Abandoned 3:56 PM, 11 July 2010.
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