Medium
Image rights
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark Rothko’s abstract paintings are some of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century. An exquisite colorist, Rothko became famous for enigmatic canvases filled with rectangular fields hovering against brushy backdrops. He was deeply inspired by mythology and art history and wanted to create a sense of emotive, metaphysical communion with his viewers. Rothko’s style and experiments with color laid the groundwork for mid-century color field painting. After dropping out of Yale in the 1920s, Rothko moved to New York and eventually became ensconced in the emergent Abstract Expressionist movement alongside artists including Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Franz Kline. His work has been shown across the world and belongs in the collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the National Gallery of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His paintings have sold for tens of millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$86.9m, Christie's, 2012
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2018
WOW! The Heidi Horten CollectionLeopold Museum
2017
Abstract ExpressionismGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2016
Mark Rothko: Dark PalettePace Gallery
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Orange, Red and Red, 1962

Oil on canvas
93 1/8 × 80 1/8 in
236.5 × 203.5 cm
Location
Dallas
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Medium
Image rights
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark Rothko’s abstract paintings are some of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century. An exquisite colorist, Rothko became famous for enigmatic canvases filled with rectangular fields hovering against brushy backdrops. He was deeply inspired by mythology and art history and wanted to create a sense of emotive, metaphysical communion with his viewers. Rothko’s style and experiments with color laid the groundwork for mid-century color field painting. After dropping out of Yale in the 1920s, Rothko moved to New York and eventually became ensconced in the emergent Abstract Expressionist movement alongside artists including Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Franz Kline. His work has been shown across the world and belongs in the collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the National Gallery of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His paintings have sold for tens of millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$86.9m, Christie's, 2012
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
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