Mark Rothko Light Red Over Black 1957

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Artist
Mark Rothko 1903–1970
Title
Light Red Over Black
Date 1957
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2306 x 1527 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00275

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In his mature work, Rothko abandoned specific reference to nature in order to paint images with universal associations. By the late 1940s, he had developed a style in which hazy, pulsating rectangles float within a vertical format. He explained that these shapes 'have no direct association with any particular visible experience, but in them one recognises the principle and passion of organisms'.

August 2004

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