Mark RothkoUntitled 1969

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Artist
Mark Rothko (1903‑1970)
Title
Untitled
Date 1969
MediumAcrylic paint on paper
Dimensionssupport: 1730 x 1235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Mark Rothko Foundation 1986
Reference
T04149
Not on display

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This is one of a group of paintings on paper which Rothko made after a period of illness in 1968, when he was too weak to work on his customary large-scale canvases. Despite his poor health, he apparently painted these works with great energy, moving his whole body, not just his wrist. His sweeping brushstrokes are clearly visible in the two rectangles of colour which make up this painting. It has been said that Rothko placed the darker colour at the top of the painting in order to prevent it being read as landscape, a reference which he wished to avoid… (read more)

September 2004

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