My jazz trio is doing its second gig tonight at Anseo on Camden Street in Dublin. We’ve been thinking of a name and have paused for a little while on ‘Rothko Smile’, inspired by the famous painter. His paintings are very popular and yet are rather abstract, so the idea of someone smiling a ‘Rothko Smile’ is quite an enigmatic one. A friend pointed out on Twitter that Mark Rothko himself wasn’t a particularly happy person – maybe the pleasure we feel when seeing his work is tinged with a little sadness for its creator?
I found a blog post by a fellow WordPress user that describes some of their feelings on Rothko (and includes three very nice examples of the painter’s art).