Mark Rothko Untitled c.1946–7

Artwork details

Artist
Mark Rothko 1903–1970
Title
Untitled
Date c.1946–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1000 x 700 mm
frame: 1032 x 736 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Mark Rothko Foundation 1986
Reference
T04147
Not on display

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This work belongs to the transitional period between Rothko’s mythical, surrealist paintings of the early 1940s and the block-like compositions of his mature style. He had seen references to primeval myth as reflecting the brutal anxieties of a world at war. Increasingly, however, he saw literal depictions of these mythic subjects as inhibiting the viewer’s response. Describing the biomorphic forms in paintings such as this, he wrote: ‘every shape becomes an organic entity, inviting the multiplicity of associations inherent in all living things’.

July 2012

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