GREEN & TANGERINE ON RED

Rothko created a striking contrast between the upper dark teal square and the vibrant tangerine orange square. Marjorie Phillips, a prominent collector of Rothko’s works, said the , “‘…tangerine tone of the lower section of [Green and Tangerine on Red] could symbolize the normal, happier side of living; and in proportion the dark, blue-green rectangular measure above it could stand for the black clouds or worries that always hang over us.’” (www.phillipscollection.org) Mrs. Phillips descriptions speaks directly to the emotions Rothko was trying to convey in his work.

DETAILS:

1956
Oil On Canvas
93 5/8 x 69 1/4 in.
Phillips Collection
Acquired 1960
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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