NO. 4

The darkness and mystery expressed in the black square on the deep brown background dominated Rothko’s later paintings. By the 1960s Rothko had perfected his technique of applying of thin layers of paint. The art historian Dore Ashton noted, “his surfaces were velvety as poems of the night.” (


Mixed Media On Canvas
104 x 89 3/16 in.
264.2 x 226.5 cm
National Gallery of Art
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York