T00275 Light Red over Black 1957
Oil on canvas, 91 5/8 x 60 1/8 (232.5 x 152.5); the paint surface also extends around the stretcher
Purchased from the artist through the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1959
Exh: XXIX Biennale, Venice, June-October 1958 (US pavilion 19)
Repr: Studio, CLIX, 1960, p.107 in colour; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1966), p.262; Ronald Alley, Recent American Art (London 1969), pl.9
Rothko's earlier abstract pictures were light in tone and often vivid in colour, then he changed to working in darker tones. As he wrote to the compiler on 1 February 1960: 'The dark pictures began in 1957 and have persisted almost compulsively to this day'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.657, reproduced p.657