The powerful and imposing Niels Arestrup embodies the painter Mark Rothko in a play by John Logan on a non-everyday theme, the artistic one Create. It is in the Théâtre Montparnasse in Paris.
Jean-Marie Besset signs the French version of this highly successful piece by John Logan. An original piece that immerses us in the artistic work, through an episode in the life of the painter Mark Rothko, who committed suicide in 1970.
We're in New York at the end of the fifties and Rothko, famous for his large color areas, is preparing a series of murals for a large Manhattan restaurant. He is assisted by his new assistant who prepares paintings and paints. At first impressed by the master who ignores him, the young man will eventually question his theories until he accuses him of hypocrisy and trade compromise.
The piece revolves around the whole The dialogue between the painter and his help, in which Rothko unfolds his obsessions: his relationship to the canvas, his recognition of the reactions of the audience, of which he has an active participation and no blissful admiration expects to wipe out his competition with Jackson Pollock, who outraged his contempt for the old cubist schemes prevalent in Paris at the time. Even more contempt for the new generation of pop art around Warhol, which breaks the relationship to the work and emphasizes its marketing dimension, while the art for Rothko, a reference to spirituality, must remain.
Niels Arestrup bears with remarkable force this absolute necessity for his art. It breaks out, annoys, provokes and closes itself. Alexis Moncorgé personifies the fragile young painter who tries to relate to Rothko, with nuances and justice, while, obsessed by himself, he never views him as a creator.