American, born Latvia, 1903–1970
Mark Rothko (American, born Latvia, 1903–1970)
Oil on canvas
Support/Overall: 55 5/16 × 30 5/16 inches (140.5 cm × 77 cm) Framed/Mounted: 63 9/16 × 37 1/2 × 3 inches (161.4 cm × 95.3 cm × 7.6 cm)
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
No. 73 is an example of Mark Rothko’s mature style and displays his successful development of stacked rectangles and muted colors. From a profound desire to express “the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom,” he investigated multiple painting techniques and materials. For Rothko, the abandonment of specific imagery allowed for a poetic, universal evocation of intangible subjects, inspired by so-called primitive art and mythology. In his mature work, glowing and hovering fields of color pull the viewer in, inviting a sense of absorption.
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