Contemplative line

No. 46 [BLACK, OCHRE, RED OVER RED], Mark Rothko

1957

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No. 46 [Black, Ochre, Red Over Red], 1957

Oil on canvas

252.73 × 207.01 × 4.45 cm

Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Panza Collection

© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko - ADAGP, Paris, 2015  - Photo The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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You became color. You became totally saturated with it as if it were music.

Mark Rothko quote

MARK ROTHKO – No. 46 [BLACK, OCHRE, RED OVER RED)], 1957

No. 46 belongs to a period when Rothko favored the color red, having experienced its visual impact at the Museum of Modern Art in New York looking at Matisse’s l’Atelier rouge.The variations in intensity of the color fields exercise a dynamic effect – dilatation/retraction – that is almost hypnotic. As the artist intended, the size of the work allows the viewer to be immersed in color. The “atmospheric” touch, obtained by layering varying amounts of pigment, creates the glowing “inner light” that radiates across the surface.

Life:


Dvinsk 25 September 1903 – North Shore 25 February 1970

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Provenance: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.