Mark Rothko, ‘No. 10’, Christie's

Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

No. 10

signed twice, titled and dated three times '#10 1958 MARK ROTHKO 1958 MARK ROTHKO 1958' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

94 1/4 x 69 1/4 in. (239.4 x 175.9 cm.)

Painted in 1958.

Signature: signed twice, titled and dated three times '#10 1958 MARK ROTHKO 1958 MARK ROTHKO 1958' (on the reverse)

London, The Tate Gallery, Mark Rothko 1903-1970, June-September 1987, pp. 150 and 187, no. 61 (illustrated in color).

D. Anfam, Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas, Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, 1998, no. 617, p. 480 (illustrated in color).

_Mark Rothko,_exh. cat., Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1998, pp. 164-165, no. 76 (illustrated in color).

Estate of the Artist, 1970

Marlborough Gallery Inc., New York, 1970

Estate of the Artist, 1977

The Pace Gallery, New York, 1985

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1986

About Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko’s search to express profound emotion through painting culminated in his now-signature compositions of richly colored squares filling large canvases, evoking what he referred to as “the sublime.” One of the pioneers of Color Field Painting, Rothko’s abstract arrangements of shapes, ranging from the slightly surreal biomorphic ones in his early works to the dark squares and rectangles in later years, are intended to evoke the metaphysical through viewers’ communion with the canvas in a controlled setting. “I'm not an abstractionist,” he once said. “I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” His “Rothko Chapel Paintings” (1964-1967), 14 wall-sized monochromatic black paintings installed in a non-denominational church in Houston, Texas, represent the realization of Rothko’s desire that his work be viewed in close quarters.

American, 1903-1970, Dvinsk, Russia, based in New York, New York