Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: Books are sorted alphabetically…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The list of books available on PEP Web is sorted alphabetically, with the exception of Freud’s Collected Works, Glossaries, and Dictionaries. You can find this list in the Books Section.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Gordon, P. (1996). The simple expression of the complex emotion: reflections on the painting of Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn. Free Associations, 6(1):112-124.

(1996). Free Associations, 6(1):112-124

The simple expression of the complex emotion: reflections on the painting of Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn

Paul Gordon

We know, often with blinding obviousness, what it is we are trying to say about our relations or non-relations with the poem, the painting, the sonata. Yet we do not know either how to say it or, in any falsifiable, material sense, exactly what it is we are talking about.

(Steiner 1989, p. 186)

For as long as I can remember I have loved the paintings of Mark Rothko. My aquaintance with the work of Richard Diebenkorn is, as I explain later, more recent. The remarks that follow represent an attempt, inevitably personal, to make sense of this affection.1

Mark Rothko: ‘Landscapes of the Spirit’

I cannot recall the first time that I ever encountered a painting by Mark Rothko, but for as long as I can remember I know that they have moved me in ways that few other paintings have. One Sunday, bleak and grey in that particular way that British Sundays can be, in an attempt to shake myself free of the grip of a monumental depression, I struggled through insane traffic jams until eventually I reached the Tate Gallery. I must have seen these paintings before for I seemed to know they were there and without stopping to look at anything else, I made my way directly to the Rothko room.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.