This quote from Mark Rothko has stuck with me...

I paint very large pictures.
I realize that historically the function of painting
large pictures is painting something
grandiose and pompous.
The reason I paint them, however - I think it applies
to other painters I know – is precisely
because I want to be very intimate and human.
To paint a small picture
is to place yourself outside your experience,
to look upon an experience as a stereopticon view or
with a reducing glass...
However you paint the larger picture,
you are in it.
It isn't something you command.

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