[Images via Frances Palmer]
Mark Rothko's classic paintings -- his floating rectangles and abstract, moody bands of color that emerged in the late 1940s -- are such a part of our visual vocabulary. Before reading the name that potter, gardener and art historian Frances Palmer has given her contemporary ceramic hand pitchers, we instantly think of the pioneering 20th century painter.
But if you're a little hazy on how Rothko arrived at his iconic style, the NGA offers a great online primer. Click through to learn more about the Russian-born immigrant, his journey toward abstraction, and the many nuances of his color-washed works of the 50s and 60s. The Museum also has online a short documentary (like less than 10 minutes), produced in conjunction with the past exhibition, In the Tower: Mark Rothko.