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Paintings by Mark Rothko

Paintings by Mark Rothko. Royal Red and Blue

Paintings by Mark Rothko. The canvas of an abstract expressionist Mark Rothko “Royal Red and Blue” was sold at auction on November 14, 2012 at the auction Sotheby’s in New York for 75.1 million dollars

Paintings by Mark Rothko
The canvas of an abstract expressionist Mark Rothko “Royal Red and Blue” was sold at auction on November 14, 2012 at the auction Sotheby’s in New York for 75.1 million dollars. Russian-American painter, the leading exponent of Abstract Expressionism, one of the founders of the color field painting Mark Rothko (birth name – Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz) was born on September 25, 1903, Dvinsk, Vitebsk Province, Russian Empire. As for Rothko’s paintings, which look like a single layer of paint applied in one go, they are in fact hundreds of transparent layers of oil paint. This process requires each layer to dry in between applications. While the colors in photo look flat and drab, in reality they produce the effect of layered stained glass, with the visually vibrated colors.

Paintings by Mark Rothko

Royal Red and Blue by Mark Rothko at auction

Paintings by Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko Black on Maroon

October 7, 2012 an unknown man entered one of the rooms of London’s contemporary art museum Tate Modern, and wrote in black ink on the corner of Rothko’s painting “Black on Maroon” – “Vladimir Umanets’12, a potential piece of yellowism”.

Vandal Vladimir Umanets said he has made Mark Rothko's work more valuable

Vandal Vladimir Umanets said he has made Mark Rothko’s work more valuable

Later 26-year-old Russian citizen Vladimir Umanets said: “I am sure that if someone restores the Rothko’s canvas and erases my signature, the price for the painting will be cheaper. But after some years, the cost will increase due to the fact what I have done with it”.

In 2007 his painting "White Center" (1950) was sold by auction for 72.8 million dollars.

In 2007 his painting “White Center” (1950) was sold by auction for 72.8 million dollars.

"Orange, Red, Yellow" (1961) was sold for 86.8 million dollars. Rothko's 'Orange, Red, Yellow' has become the most expensive post-war work sold at auction.

“Orange, Red, Yellow” (1961) was sold for 86.8 million dollars. Rothko’s ‘Orange, Red, Yellow’ has become the most expensive post-war work sold at auction.

“Orange, Red, Yellow” (1961) was sold for 86.8 million dollars. Rothko’s ‘Orange, Red, Yellow’ has become the most expensive post-war work sold at auction.

Paintings by Mark Rothko

Photo of Mark Rothko by James Scott in 1959

Photo of Mark Rothko by James Scott in 1959

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

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