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Discussion Questions

No. 14, 1960

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, 1960; collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase; photo: Ben Blackwell; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  1. Do you think the way we respond emotionally to this painting would change if the colors and/or shapes were different?
  2. How would you describe the mood of this painting?
  3. Do you think the size of a painting is important? What does the large scale of this work accomplish?
  4. How would the effect of this work be different if it was much smaller?