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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: The artist; Estate of the artist; [Marlborough Gallery, New York]; acquired from the above by Jane and Richard E. Lang, Seattle, 1972; Friday Foundation, Seattle, 2018; Seattle Art Museum, 2020
Photo: Spike Mafford / Zocalo Studios. Courtesy of the Friday Foundation
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Marlborough Gallery, Masters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Apr. - May 1972. Cat. no. 50, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, American Art: Third Quarter Century, Aug. 23–Oct. 14, 1973. Cat. no. 57, pp. 16-17, 101, reproduced.

New 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 Houston, Feb. 15 - Apr. 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). Cat. no. 182, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Richard and Jane Lang Collection, Feb. 2 - Apr. 1, 1984. Cat. no. 41, pp. 56-57, reproduced.

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Mark Rothko, May 3 - Aug. 16, 1998 (New York, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Sept. 10 - Nov. 29, 1998; Paris, France, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Jan. 8 - Apr. 18, 1998). No cat. no., reproduced pp. 200-201, pl. 95.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Big Picture: Art after 1945, July 23, 2016 - May 16, 2021 [on view Nov. 20, 2018 - May 16, 2021].
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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