I’m not an abstractionist… I’m not interested in relationships of color or forms… I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on… The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.
—  Mark Rothko, 1956.

“I’m merely making the last painting which anyone can make.” —Ad Reinhardt, born on this day in 1913. 

Installation view of Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, July 17–October 19, 2014). From left to right: Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Panel I, 1977; Ad Reinhardt, Untitled, 1960–1966; Ad Reinhardt, Untitled, 1960–1966; Mark Rothko, Four Darks in Red, 1958. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins