description of No. 14, 1960 by Mark Rothko

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.

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960
Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960; oil on canvas, 114 1/2 in. x 105 5/8 in. (290.83 cm x 268.29 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960

Artwork Info

Artwork title
No. 14, 1960
Artist name
Mark Rothko
Date created
1960
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
114 1/2 in. x 105 5/8 in. (290.83 cm x 268.29 cm)
Date acquired
1997
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase
Copyright
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/97.524
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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