Mark Rothko “Orange and Yellow” with Woman in Jade Green

While visiting the “Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels” show at the Milwaukee Art Museum several weeks ago, I was sitting on a bench about twenty feet away from this painting by Mark Rothko (“Orange and Yellow,” 1956) when a woman moved in front of me to stand directly before the large canvas.

Mark Rothko

All at once, she became part of a new artwork! The colors of Rothko’s painting had already transfixed me, but when I saw this woman’s green outfit merging with the orange-peach shades of the painting, I was delighted by how the original work suddenly morphed into something completely new. For me, anyway 🙂

I quickly (surreptitiously) took this photograph, and it occurred to me that I could crop it a little (someone’s elbow) and post it in hopes that you might see what I did, albeit on a smaller scale and with colors less striking than they actually were.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to Mark Rothko “Orange and Yellow” with Woman in Jade Green

  1. ooooo. You are so bad!! I don’t think they allow photos in there!!! But it is fabulous!!


  2. Pingback: Rothko, Rothko Everywhere (glass-blowing video at the Grohmann Museum) | Katherine Wikoff

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