Mark Rothko, ‘Black on Maroon’ 1958
Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon 1958 . Tate . © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals

Red on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Red on Maroon  1959

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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Black on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon  1958

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Red on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Red on Maroon  1959

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Black on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon  1959

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Black on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon  1958

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Black on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon  1959

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Black on Maroon

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon  1958

This is one of a series of large paintings Rothko made for a fashionable New York restaurant. By layering the paint, he created subtle relationships between the muted colours. They are much darker in mood than his previous works. He was influenced by the atmosphere of a library designed by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Rothko recalled the feeling of being ‘trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up’. A restaurant, he decided, was the wrong setting for these paintings. Instead, he presented the series to Tate gallery.

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© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020

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Red on Maroon
Mark Rothko Red on Maroon 1959
Black on Maroon
Mark Rothko Black on Maroon 1958
Red on Maroon
Mark Rothko Red on Maroon 1959
Black on Maroon
Mark Rothko Black on Maroon 1959
Black on Maroon
Mark Rothko Black on Maroon 1958
Black on Maroon
Mark Rothko Black on Maroon 1959
Black on Maroon
Mark Rothko Black on Maroon 1958

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