Untitled (Purple, White, and Red)

Hazily painted red, white, and purple rectangles, horizontal against beige background.
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Hazily painted red, white, and purple rectangles, horizontal against beige background.

Date:

1953

Artist:

Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz)
American, born Russia (Latvia), 1903–1970

About this artwork

Untitled (Purple, White, and Red) follows the characteristic format of Mark Rothko’s mature work, in which stacked rectangles of color appear to float within the boundaries of the canvas. By directly staining the canvas with many thin washes of pigment and paying particular attention to the edges where the fields interact, he achieved the effect of light radiating from the image itself. This technique suited Rothko’s metaphysical aims: to offer painting as a doorway into purely spiritual realms, making it as immaterial and evocative as music, and to directly communicate the most essential, raw forms of human emotion.

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Artist

Mark Rothko

Title

Untitled (Purple, White, and Red)

Origin

United States

Date

1953

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Not inscribed on recto; signed and dated: verso: "Mark Rothko / 1953" (upper left)

Dimensions

197.5 × 207.7 cm (77 3/4 × 81 3/4 in.), unframed

Credit Line

Gift of Sigmund E. Edelstone

Reference Number

1983.509

Copyright

© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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