- The project includes other visualizations and their analysis.
- Additional visualizations of Rothko and Mondrian from this project on Flickr.
The visualization (2010) shows 128 paintings by Piet Mondrian (1905-1917) and 123 paintings by Mark Rothko (1938-1953). We have measured selected characteristics (features) of each paintings using image analysis software. In each plot, paintings are organized by average brightness (x-axis) and average saturation (y-axis).
Projecting sets of paintings of these two artists into the same coordinate space reveals their comparative "footprints" - the parts of the space of visual possibilities they explored. We can see the relative distributions of their works - the denser and the more sparse areas, the presence or absence of clusters, the outliers, etc.
The visualizations also show how Mark Rothko - the abstract artist of the generation which followed Mondrian - was exploring the parts of brightness/hue space which Mondrian did not reach (highly saturated and bright paintings in the upper right corner, and desaturated dark paintings in the left part).
All visualizations are created with free ImagePlot software developed by Software Studies Initiative.
Images preparation: Xiaoda Wang
We have also analyzed and visualized patterns in careers of individual arts and art movements: