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. × 105 5/8 in. (290.83 cm × 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
Not on view at this time.

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Cellist and composer Zoë Keating’s musical take on this work

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We’re standing in front of Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960. This painting is large, almost nine-feet square. It consists of a huge swath of bright orange paint on top, taking up about two thirds of the space, with a rectangle of rich, brooding, dark cobalt blue below. Both of these shapes float on a background of a muddy purple, the shade of eggplant skin.  

The way the artist applies the paint varies. Sometimes he applies it more heavily, which brings each color out in a brighter, more pure way. Sometimes, especially where the colors meet each other, he applies it more thinly, which creates a sense of the color either emerging into view or fading away.  

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