b. 1903
- d. 1970
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 169.781.309
Record Sale

Mark Rothko’s formative years were characterized by an unwavering dedication to the world of art, leading him to pursue studies at esteemed institutions such as Yale University and the Art Students League of New York.

Rothko’s artistic odyssey was marked by an unrelenting quest to distill deep emotions and existential contemplations into visual experiences. His artistic evolution encompassed multiple transformative phases, commencing with early figurative and surrealist influences before ultimately coalescing into his distinctive style of expansive, luminous color field paintings. These canvases, appearing deceptively simple yet containing infinite complexities, beckon viewers to engage in an intimate conversation between color and introspection.

Rothko’s creations possess the ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions, ranging from contemplative introspection to spiritual transcendence. In the 1950s, Rothko’s groundbreaking technique crystallized into what became known as the “multiform” approach, where blocks of subtly shifting colors appeared to pulsate and breathe. His art transcended mere aesthetics, serving as a conduit for conveying the ineffable, for constructing spaces of reflection, meditation, and even reverence.

Despite his professional success and critical acclaim, Rothko’s personal life was marked by inner turmoil as he grappled with existential questions and the tension between commercial success and artistic integrity. Tragically, in 1970, Rothko took his own life, leaving behind a legacy that persists in inspiring artists and captivating audiences. His work has permeated museums and galleries worldwide, serving as a testament to his expertise in transforming pigments into gateways to the profound yearnings of the human soul.


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Mark ROTHKO (1903-1970)
Orange, Red, Yellow (1961)

236.2 x 206.4 cm


New York NY, United States

Lot # 20
Hammer price: $ 77,500,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 86,882,500
Estimate: $ 35,000,000 – $ 45,000,000

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