Details: Mark Rothko (American, born Russia, 1903'1970), who was central to the development of postwar abstract painting in the United States, is best known for the luminous paintings he made in the 1950s and 1960s. These classic works are characterized by their soft-edged rectangular forms and broad, thin washes of color. Twelve of these extraordinary images invite contemplation and spiritual communion in this mini. & Mark Rothko (1903'1970), a titan among modern painters, said that the subject matter of his paintings was the extremes of human emotion. His extraordinary achievement was the communication of tragedy and elation through forms reduced to starkest simplicity'oftentimes a pair of rectangles. These 12 paintings are from the National Gallery of Art, Washington.