description of Untitled by Mark Rothko
This abstract oil painting, which measures four feet tall and three-and-a-third feet wide, features blooms of mustard yellow, pumpkin orange, black, pink, red, and cream-colored paints. The top edge of the canvas features a ragged black line against an off-white background. Below it, also in black, are two round blotches – the left one slightly larger than the right. The top half of the larger blotch on the left is surrounded by orange and red brushstrokes, while the right blotch is dabbed in the center with white. Dominating the center of the canvas is an uneven, upside-down U shape rendered in black. A vein of muddy orange runs through it in a zigzagging line. Below the black arch, at the horizontal center of the painting, are three concentrations of pink in a vertical row, each punctuated by brushy dabs of bright red. Much of the area below the black arch shape is covered in washy white and pink brushstrokes until we reach the bottom, which is defined by an uneven line of orange and maroon brushstrokes. Much of the thin, scratchy paint appears to have been applied with a dry brush, such that hints of the raw canvas show through.
- Artwork title
- Artist name
- Mark Rothko
- Date created
- acrylic and oil on canvas
- 48 1/8 in. x 40 1/8 in. (122.24 cm x 101.92 cm)
- Date acquired
- Collection SFMOMA
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
- © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900 (2018)