We favor the simple expression of complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.
A joint statement by Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb to Edwin A. Jewell, written primarily by Rothko as a manifesto. (written 7 June 1943; published 13 June 1943)