Mark Rothko

No. 16

1957
Rothko had been making his characteristic paintings of large floating rectangles of colour for ten years by the time he painted this work. He not only radically simplified his compositions during that time, but also abandoned conventional titles to avoid all references to the everyday world. However, he did not propose to eliminate subject matter from his art: the immediacy of his abstract forms sought to evoke the human condition.
Artist
Title
No. 16
Date
1957
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
265.5 x 293 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1993
Accession number
36856