i look upwards and see a large grey cloud replacing the white ones... so i move on, expecting rain...
To those who have realised the nature of Reality, there is nothing old or new, the conceptions of shallowness and depth are meaningless. Those who speak of it do not attempt to explain it, establish no sects and open no doors or windows. That which is before you is it. Begin to reason about it and you will at once fall into error....from P'ei Hsiu's preface toThe Zen Teaching of Huang Po, on the Transmission of Mind, edited and translated by John Blofeld, The Buddhist Society, 58 Eccleston Square, London SW1, reprinted 1971, page 27.
...apparently Mark Rothko was deeply religious... i imagine that other abstract expressionist painters, and most modernists, believed themselves to be unbelievers in organised religions though perhaps they were finding, in material things, that which is beyond, or greater than, our human intentions.
...when i tried to find, in the Wikipedia, illustrations of paintings by Mark Rothko i found a long account of the sadness of his life, ending in alcoholism and suicide... apparently the brightly coloured ones that i remember were indeed meant to be non-figurative, without conscious meaning, and apparently Rothko specified that they should seen at a distance of 18 inches (about 45cm)... however, the pictures i remember were preceded and followed by others, in sombre colours and in more meaningful forms, which were intended to be both tragic and mythical... i didn't like them very much...
...the Wikipedia article mentions that, when he was visited Europe late in life, he was impressed by the deeply religious frescoes of Fra Angelico in San Marco, Florence.
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