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Art and Images in Psychiatry
February 2014

Green and MaroonMark Rothko

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(2):107-108. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.2711

I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom….

Mark Rothko1(p309)

In Rothko, there is no pictorial reference at all to remembered experience. What we recall are not memories but old emotions disturbed or resolved—some sense of well being suddenly shadowed by a cloud…or the fire diminishing into a glow of embers, or the light when the night descends.

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