- Red on Maroon, 1959, 1959
- Mark Rothko
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- Original: Mixed media on canvas 182.9 x 457.2 cm © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/ DACS 2014
Red on Maroon, 1959 was part of a set commissioned for the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building, New York. Rothko later withdrew them on the grounds that they did not complement the setting. Whether the dark and brooding quality of these paintings was subconsciously or consciously created to clash with the restaurant setting has been debated – he has been credited with saying that he accepted the commission with ‘malicious intentions’. However, his wife said that as far as she could remember, he was unaware of the eventual setting of the commission.
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