BLACK OVER REDS
The painting expresses deep emotions with a black square on top of a warm red square and a smaller purple square against a deep red background. In 1957 Rothko produced 40 works mostly in reds and browns. This color palette was a deviation from his previous art works that had a brighter variety of colors. These darker colors signify a change in mood for the artist.
Oil On Canvas
95 1/2 x 81 1/2
242 x 207.1
Baltimore Museum of Art
Gift of Phoebe Rhea Berman, Lutherville, Maryland, in Memory of her Husband, Dr. Edgar F. Berman
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York