Mark RothkoBlack on Maroon 1958

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Artist
Mark Rothko (1903‑1970)
Title
Black on Maroon
Date 1958
MediumOil paint, acrylic paint, glue tempera and pigment on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2667 x 3812 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1968
Reference
T01031

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This painting comes from one of three series of canvases painted by Rothko in 1958-9 in response to a commission for murals for the small dining room of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. The Four Seasons, one of the smartest restaurants in the city, is in the Seagram Building, a celebrated classic modern skyscraper on Park Avenue designed by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. As he worked on the commission Rothko's conception of the scheme became more and more sombre and he abandoned the first series as being too light in mood… (read more)

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