Mark Rothko, Untitled,1948, Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel
In their manifesto in the New York Times Rothko and Gottlieb had written:
"We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal.
We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth." By 1947 Rothko had
virtually eliminated all elements of surrealism or mythic imagery from his works, and nonobjective compositions of indeterminate