Mark Rothko. Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea. 1944

Mark Rothko

Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea


On view
Oil on canvas
6' 3 3/8" x 7' 3/4" (191.4 x 215.2 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. Mark Rothko through The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
Object number
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 12, with 14 other works online.
Mark Rothko has 19 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea pictures two creatures dancing between sea and sky, surrounded by arabesques, spirals, and stripes. The forms “have no direct association with any particular visible experience, but in them one recognizes the principle and passion of organisms,” Rothko said. For him art was “an adventure into an unknown world”; like the Surrealists before him, Rothko looked inward, to his own unconscious mind, for inspiration and material for his work.

Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011

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