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Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Mark Rothko
Dawit Abeza
Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Mark Rothko

Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Mark Rothko

Who is Mark Rothko?

Mark Rothko, is an acclaimed American painter known for his host of abstract paintings. He is considered one of the leading figures who has contributed to the growth of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Rothko became renowned for his compositions that delineated square shapes with glowing colors, that invigorated profound emotions in the observer. He had many paintings that were strongly emotional. Rothko's style was alluded to as Colorfield Painting.

Mark Rothko Famous Artworks:

 

Black on Maroon by Mark Rothko

Black on Maroon by Mark Rothko

Black on Maroon is an enormous unframed oil painting, which is painted on a horizontal rectangular canvas. The base color is a profound maroon. This is overlaid with an enormous black rectangular shape, which encases two slimmer, vertical maroon rectangular shapes.

The black paint frames two maroon rectangular shapes while the right edges of the painting are feathered with an obscuring maroon. Various shades of black have been utilized inside the maroon shapes. 

Accents of red acrylic paint were touched onto the lower-left corner. With time these have gotten progressively evident as the shades inside the maroon portion of the canvas fade.

Completed in: 1958

Style: Washington Color School

Measurements: 266.7 cm × 381.2 cm

Location: Tate Modern, London

Medium: Oil paint, acrylic paint, glue tempera and pigment on canvas

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No. 61 (Rust and Blue) by Mark Rothko

No. 61 (Rust and Blue) by Mark Rothko

In Rust and Blue, Rothko utilizes color layering to advance the shades in the composition and loan it a quality that the artists depict as the "inner light."

The Rust and Blue was part of the Color Field Movement: An abstract painting style inspired by European modernism. It started in New York during the 1940s. 

The painting was first displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. 

Completed in: 1953

Style: Washington Color School

Measurements: 292.73 cm × 233.68 cm

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Entrance to Subway by Mark Rothko

Entrance to Subway by Mark Rothko

The subway scene is a result of the shows he went to at the Museum of Modern Art. 

Rothko has concentrated on the vertical and even structures within this subway scene and displays the figures being tall, almost like a stick-like in appearance.

Instead of giving a "realistic" depiction of the city life, Rothko appears to display the perceptual experience of the space design, utilizing abstract compositional styles of action to investigate the connection between the painting and the observer.

Completed in: 1938

Style: Expressionism, History Painting

Measurements: 87 cm x 117 cm

Location: Sammlung Kate Rothko Prizel

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Green and Maroon by Mark Rothko

Green and Maroon by Mark Rothko

In Green and Maroon, the colors are diminished and rendered denser by the basic darker shades of blue, red and dim; thus, a dismal stillness overruns the composition. The square shapes and their encompassing space seem to be equally balanced as well. 

Completed in: 1953

Style: Abstract expressionism, Color Field, Washington Color School

Measurements: 232 cm x 139 cm

Location: The Phillips Collection

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Green and Tangerine on Red by Mark Rothko

Green and Tangerine on Red by Mark Rothko

Green and Tangerine on Red is composed of two massive rectangles, one dark, and one light.

Rothko said that

"the striking tangerine tone of the lower section of [Green and Tangerine on Red] could symbolize the normal, happier side of living; and in proportion, the dark, blue-green, rectangular measure above it could stand for the black clouds or worries that always hang over us." 

Completed in: 1956

Style: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Washington Color School

Measurements: 237 cm x 167 cm

Location: The Phillips Collection

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Blue Green and Brown by Mark Rothko

Blue Green and Brown by Mark Rothko

In Blue, Green, and Brown the color, structure, and space consolidate to make a one of a kind nearness. In this regard, Rothko expressed that the huge size of these canvases was expected to contain or encompass the watcher.

Completed in: 1952

Style: Abstract Art

Measurements: 81.99 cm x 65 cm

Location: Private Collection

Medium: Oil on canvas

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No.14 by Mark Rothko

No.14 by Mark Rothko

Rothko's Number 14, rouses contemplations using abstract plans of shapes, running from the somewhat strange biomorphic ones, which are expected to summon emotion within the observer. His dynamite mix of two energetic colors in a solitary casing, making an unobtrusive impact.

Completed in: 1960

Style: Washington Color School

Measurements: 290 cm x 268 cm

Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Medium: Oil on canvas

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White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) by Mark Rothko

White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) by Mark Rothko

White Center is Rothko's signature multiform style: several blocks of layered, complementary colors on a large canvas.

This work was sold in May 2007 by Sotheby's to the Royal group of Qatar; Sheik Hamad receptacle Khalifa Al-Thani. The painting sold for 72.84 million (USD).

Completed in: 1950

Style: Color Field, Washington Color School

Measurements: 206 cm x 141 cm

Location: The Royal Family of Qatar

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Orange Red and Yellow by Mark Rothko

Orange Red and Yellow by Mark Rothko

The square shapes inside this painting don't reach out to the edges of the canvas and seem to float simply over its surface.

Gazing at each colored fragment independently influences the impression of those neighboring it.

Souren Melikian of The New York Times described Rothko's Orange, Red, Yellow as one that

"...can convincingly be argued to be the most powerful of all his pictures."

Kelly Crow of The Wall Street Journal stated that

"The painting's trio of orange and yellow rectangles bobbing atop a cherry-red background forms a palette that's as eye-catching as a sunset or a Popsicle.", noting that, "Auction specialists say collectors historically pay more for works that are red and gold, as opposed to gray."

Completed in: 1961

Style: Abstract art

Measurements: 236.22 cm × 208.28 cm

Location: Private collection

Medium: Acrylic on canvas 

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