Number 19

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.
  • Blurry rectangles of yellow, gray, and black float against background of orange.

Date:

1949

Artist:

Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz)
American, born Russia (Latvia), 1903–1970

About this artwork

Like many of the New York School painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was largely influenced by Surrealism, creating allegorical abstractions depicting biomorphic and mythological forms. By 1947 he abandoned representational imagery entirely and began working with color, light, and space. Number 19 follows the characteristic format of his multiform paintings, in which loosely defined organic shapes hover over a thinly brushed background. Whereas color once assumed a supporting role in his compositions, by this period, color had become a defining force, thus marking the transition from Rothko’s early work to his mature, color-field paintings.

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Artist

Mark Rothko

Title

Number 19

Origin

United States

Date

1949

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Not inscribed on recto; inscribed: verso: "Mark Rothko / 1949" (lower left in orange-red paint); "Top" (on upper strainer member in orange-red paint)

Dimensions

172.8 × 101.8 cm (68 × 40 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1957.308

Copyright

© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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