Archives of American Art film examines
Mark Rothko’s condolence letter to Lee Krasner
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.
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.
Stunned, stumbling a bit to find the right words, and deeply moved by Pollock’s death, Rothko expresses his sense of personal grief.
“The great loss that I feel,” he writes, “is not an abstract thing at all.”
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