Mark Rothko. Number 8 (or No. 8), (1952).

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Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
15 March 2019 | Updated 19 April 2019

Mark Rothko
Number 8, (1952).
80 1/2 x 68 in. (204.5 x 172.7 cm)
Acquired 1953 from Betty Parsons Gallery


The following is an excerpt from: Christie’s New York. (1988). Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection), (p. 24).

"In 1948-1949 Rothko, until then influenced by the surrealists and painting pale, biomorphic figures laced with lines, brightened his palette, eliminated the line, enlarged his canvas and flattened the no-longer figurative forms into rectangular shapes floating in space. By 1951-1952 he had refined his painting by reducing the number of shapes to three, sometimes four, and, with a thin application of paint, created works where the large rectangular forms with no distinguishable edges and diffuse with color and light moved in and out of a large, one-colored space."

The current location of the artwork is unknown. (Click to see a photo of the artwork.)

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