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Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation



Mark Rothko

American, 1903-1970

Mark Rothko’s Untitled, an example of the artist’s mature style, evidences the artist’s mastery of his signature style, characterized by large, atmospheric bands of color that vibrate with quiet intensity. Measuring 69 x 90 inches, the painting’s scale creates an immersive environment for viewers as well. While exuberant color was the hallmark of Rothko’s earlier color field abstractions (as evidenced in his 1953 painting, #10, also in SAM’s collection), the darker and more muted tones of Untitled (1963) are quintessential of his later work.
Oil on canvas
69 × 90 1/4 in. (175.2 × 229.3 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
Provenance: [Marlborough A.G., Lichtenstein/ Marlborough-Gerson Gallery Inc., New York, 1969-1972]; purchased from gallery by Jane and Richard Lang, Seattle, Washington, 1972
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Mark Rothko, 1903-1970: A Retrospective, Oct. 27, 1978 - Jan. 14, 1979 (Houston, Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Feb. 15 - April 18, 1979; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walker Art Center, Apr. 25 - June 10, 1979; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, July 3 - Sept. 26, 1979). Text by Bernard Malamud and Diane Waldman. Cat. no. 182, reproduced in color.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2 - Apr. 1, 1984. Text by Bruce Guenther and Barbara Johns. Cat. no. 41, pp. 56-57.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, May 5 - Sept. 9, 2007.
Published ReferencesA Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 2008. Reproduced p. 29.

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