<p>This oil painting features two roughly rectangular patches of color on a canvas that is nine-and-a-half feet tall, and almost nine feet wide. On the bottom third of the canvas is a patch of dark indigo blue, painted with quick, rough brushstrokes. Near our lower right-hand corner, the paint is so thick that it drips down and off of the canvas. A larger rectangle fills the top two thirds of the painting. This patch is a mottled, velvety, red-orange color that appears, in places, to glow from within. The two patches are separated and framed by a background the color of auburn hair. While the loose, sketch-like brushstrokes are evident in both patches, especially along the edges, the indigo rectangle on the bottom is far more dense. In contrast, the luminous red-orange patch is filled with bright streaks that resemble light trails, or neon afterglow.</p>
Mark Rothko
No. 14, 1960, 1960

Artwork Info

Artwork title
No. 14, 1960
Artist name
Mark Rothko
Date created
oil on canvas
114 1/2 in. x 105 5/8 in. (290.83 cm x 268.29 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase
© 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, 1900 to Now.

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