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Francesca Beard’s poem was inspired by the Seagram Murals, a commission originally intended for New York’s exclusive Four Season’s Restaurant. Rothko says he ‘accepted this assignment as a challenge, with strictly malicious intentions. I hope to paint something that will ruin the appetite of every son of a bitch that eats in that room.’ But when Rothko visited the restaurant with his wife, he pulled out of the deal. ‘Anybody who will eat that kind of food for those kind of prices will never look at a painting of mine.’ Francesca imagined an alternate universe, where Rothko’s murals did not go to the Tate Modern, but to the Four Seasons as planned.