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10 Things to Know about Mark Rothko

Mystic reverie, religious contemplation, meditative ecstasy, color intoxication, atmospheric levitation, enigmatic bliss… It’s difficult to find a word, a concept or an idea to describe the works of Mark Rothko. They impose themselves, they are contemplated passively and they absorb us completely. The spectator is struck by the large fields of color, their gaze is bewitched without the mind being able to understand or clearly identify the visual emotion aroused…

Francis Bacon

Artist of the week: Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1909–92) was a maverick who rejected the preferred artistic style of abstraction of the era, in favour of a distinctive and disturbing realism. Growing up, Bacon had a difficult and ambivalent relationship with his parents – especially his father, who struggled with his son’s emerging homosexuality.

Judith Leyster, The Carousing Couple, 1630, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches.

Artist of the week: Judith Leyster

For more than a century, the Judith Leyster painting now at the Louvre was thought to be by Frans Hals. The misattribution wasn’t completely misguided—The Carousing Couple (1630) shows a loosely painted violinist reveling with a woman who tips her glass and smiles in his direction, precisely the jolly types that the Dutch Golden Age artist was wont to paint. But it was also exactly the kind of image produced by Hals’s peer, an artist who flourished in her lifetime and was then forgotten, even though her signature was always right there on her canvases and panels.

Henk Peeters (1928 – 2013)

Artist of the Week: Henk Peeters (1925 – 2013)

“The world is going to change radically.” Henk Peeters said so more than once, as an expression of his deep desire for a Communist society. It was not to be, but Peeters remained an idealist. Today, he is best known for his mixed-media works constructed from natural elements, tactile industrial materials, and found objects, which he made as an active member of the radical Dutch Nul group.