NO. 5 (UNTITLED)
In 1949 Rothko had just debuted his signature style. This painting exemplifies that style with horizontal colored forms going down a large vertical painting. No. 5 (Untitled) is unusual for this time period, because of the somber colors. During the later 1940s and early 1950s Rothko usually painted with brighter colors.
Oil On Unprimed Canvas
85 x 63 in.
215.9 x 160 cm
Chrysler Museum of Art
Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr
© 1998 Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York