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Orange on Red

Photo: Susan Cole

Orange on Red


Mark Rothko

American, 1903-1970

Oil on canvas
69 x 38 1/2 in. (175.3 x 97.8cm)
Partial and promised gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY; Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; E.J. Power, London; Pietro Campill, Rome; A. Alfred Taubman, Bloomfield Hills; Private Collection, New York; PaceWildenstein, New York, NY; Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina, WA; partial and promised gift to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryRome, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte, Moderna, Mark Rothko, April 27 - May 20, 1962, catalog by Palma Bucarelli, illus. #30

West Palm Beach, FL, Norton Gallery and School of Art, May - November annually 1978 - 1987

Madrid, Galeria Theo, October 4 - November 30, 1989, illus. in cat. #71

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle", May 5, 2007 - September 9, 2007
Published ReferencesMcMollen, Roy, "L'ecole de New York: des concurrents dangereux", Connaissance des Arts, September 1961, p. 35, illus.

Anfam, David, Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonne, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1998, no. 550, illus. p. 422

"The Top 100 Collectors in America: Jon and Mary Shirley," in Art & Antiques, March 2003, pp. 90-91, illus. p. 90

Ishikawa, Chiyo, ed. "A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 27, illus. p. 28

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