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Rothko painted a vibrant blue stripe in the middle of two rich forest green squares on a dark blue background. In the 1950s there was a change to Rothko’s work. The colors became darker and more somber. For Rothko, art was meant to be the experience, rather than reflect one. This painting embodies the experience of deep sadness with soft edged forms darker colors.

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1951
Oil On Canvas
44 1/4 x 37 3/8 in.
112.4 x 94.9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
© 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

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