Join Joseph Solman in a discussion
of Rothko and Abstract Expressionism.
August 13, 1998
August 5, 1998
Paul Solman and his father reflect on the art of Mark Rothko.
July 17, 1997
A sweeping look at history of American Art.
May 23, 1997
The Whitney Museum's biennial exhibit.
January 21, 1997
A new Pablo Picasso biography.
January 1, 1997
Paul asks the question: What is Modern Art?
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Marilyn de Vatter of Greenwich, CT
I'm 91 and I paint every day. My grand-daughter has shown me the Internet, but I prefer oil on canvas!! I've never sold a painting, so I don't do it for the money. I want to know if you think your style has gotten better with age.
Joseph Solman responds:I have followed a path that is more straight than Rothko's. He struggled with abstractionism and he reached something. He found himself and his form late in life ... I found mine earlier.
My palette has become lighter. In the early years I was influenced by Georges Rouault and his dramatic, dark, forceful and pessimistic images. If you look at oil painters, when they master the art and the medium, they lighten up. It's a natural progression.
My style has also simplified. Now, I paint more expressionist scenes. I've also picked up more studio themes, like portraits.