Not on display
- Mark Rothko 1903–1970
- Oil paint, egg and glue on canvas
- Support: 2304 × 1394 mm
- Lent from a private collection 2017
On long term loan
Rothko made his paintings on a large scale so they envelop the viewer. Looking at them, we are immersed in their subtly shifting, luminous surface. Earlier in his career, Rothko had referred directly to nature in his work. He abandoned this in favour of abstract paintings. By removing any reference to external reality, he focused instead on the mood the works created. By doing this, he felt they could have universal associations. Rothko wrote that the great artistic achievements of the past were pictures of the human figure alone in a moment of utter stillness. He worked to create his own version of this solitary meditative experience for his viewers.
Gallery label, June 2020
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