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Red, Orange, Orange on Red

Mark Rothko, American (born Russia, now Latvia), 1903–1970
Oil on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 258
91 3/4 x 80 1/2 in. (233 x 204.5 cm)
framed: 93 5/8 x 82 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (237.8 x 209.6 x 7 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
A floating field of tangerine orange is bounded at the bottom by an area of acidic orange, and at the top by a line of red. Mark Rothko stained the canvas with several layers of thin pigment, creating an effect that evokes the shimmering luminosity of dawn or sunset. Rothko’s compositions employ the elegant simplicity of rectilinear forms to express human emotions the artist believed to be “tragic and timeless.”
- 1966
Mark Rothko, New York, NY [1]

1966 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Mark Rothko through Jane Wade Ltd., New York, NY [2]

[1] According to correspondence from Mark Rothko and Jane Wade, the Museum purchased the painting from Mark Rothko, through Jane Wade Ltd. [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, February 17, 1966.
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