The first new Rothko we saw was in the Harvard Art Museum. It is from his transitional "multiform" period. "Rothko himself described these paintings as possessing a more organic structure and as self-contained units of human expression. For him, these blurred blocks of various colors, devoid of landscape or the human figure, let alone myth and symbol, possessed their own life force. They contained a "breath of life" he found lacking in most figurative painting of the era. "
The other two Rothkos we saw were in the Toledo OH Museum. I wish we had had more time to spend there. These are both in Rothko's later style of floating rectangular fields of light and color and is the style for which he is best known.
I clearly did not love Untitled as much as I loved the Lilac and Orange over Ivory since I did not take any detail pictures of Untitled. Well, I didn't take any detail pictures of the transitional piece either and I didn't even take a picture of the plaque for it. If a picture is worth a thousand words then the number of shots taken of each Rothko painting visually demonstrates my excitement level in each of the three pieces. However, I am truly thrilled to have gotten to see all three this summer.