Mark Rothko. No. 1 (Untitled). 1948

Mark Rothko No. 1 (Untitled) 1948

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 403 The David Geffen Galleries

Eliminating the figures and organic imagery that dominate earlier paintings, in the late 1940s Rothko began to focus on the relationship between space, color, and scale in paintings that later became known as Multiforms. In this work Rothko applied thin washes of paint to canvas to create a multitude of irregular forms that ebb and flow across the picture plane. Its large size and abstract style point toward the artist’s signature Color Field paintings, which he began a year after completing this work.

Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011.
Oil on canvas
8' 10 3/8" x 9' 9 1/4" (270.2 x 297.8 cm)
Gift of the artist
Object number
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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