Pollock Krasner House: Mark Rothko’s Condolence Letter to Lee Krasner / Film


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Mark Rothko’s condolence letter to Lee Krasner

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The Archives of American Art, which holds the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, has made a short film on the letter Mark Rothko wrote to Krasner following Pollock’s fatal car crash on August 11, 1956. The film is now available on the ARTNews website.
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In this film, the artist’s son, Christopher Rothko, reads his father’s letter against the background of Pollock and Krasner’s home and studio.
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Stunned, stumbling a bit to find the right words, and deeply moved by Pollock’s death, Rothko expresses his sense of personal grief.
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“The great loss that I feel,” he writes, “is not an abstract thing at all.”  
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