No. 2 (Red Maroons)

No. 2 (Red Maroons)

1962

Mark Rothko

(American, 1903-1970)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 202 x 207 x 3.5 cm (79 1/2 x 81 1/2 x 1 3/8 in.); Unframed: 200.7 x 205.7 cm (79 x 81 in.)

Contemporary Collection and Friends of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1962.239

Fun Fact

Rothko once stated, “A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.”

Description

When asked to explain the aims of his art, Rothko famously answered, "I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on. . . ." Most of the artist's mature works feature diffuse areas of color appearing to float against a background of different hue. A painstaking craftsperson, Rothko typically applied several layers of diluted paint to each canvas, sometimes rubbing the wet surfaces gently with cloths, in order to achieve his ethereal effects.

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An Emotional Experience
An Emotional Experience
How Did the Artist Create His Paintings?
How Did the Artist Create His Paintings?
Mark Rothko and His Work
Mark Rothko and His Work
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