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White Center (1950)
I really love pink and orange together. There is something tropical and devil may care about this combination. It clashes but who cares?
Incidentally, the above painting sold at auction in May 2007 for $72.87 million. This was more than triple the previous highest price paid for a Rothko. It was speculated that the high price may have in part been driven by the paintings provenance, as it came from the collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller.
Mark Rothko was born in Russia in 1903. He studied at Yale and the New York School of Design. He committed suicide in 1970.
To me his paintings appear to be the product of someone with a sunny outlook on life. Obviously that was not necessarily so.
However, he was prolific and many of his works are in public, not super yacht owning billionaire's, hands, so we can all enjoy them for 100s of years to come.