|No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange)|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||85 3/8 x 65 in|
|216.5 x 164.8 cm|
|Mark Rothko Famous Paintings|
|White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose), 1950|
|Four Darks in Red, 1958|
|Untitled (Black on Grey), 1970|
|No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange), 1949|
|Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961|
|Black on Maroon, 1958|
Considered one of Mark Rothko’s most famous paintings, No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange) was painted soon after the death of Rothko’s beloved mother, Kate, who died in October of 1948. Painted in 1949, this multiform style with symmetrical rectangular blocks follows a compositional structure that continued until Rothko’s death in 1970. Just like all the other works of art created by Mark Rothko, this painting may appear to be simple, but in essence, the painter wanted to evoke his inner feelings and emotions through the use of colors.
Artistic Techniques and Forms
An optical flicker appears to be created by the green bar against the Orange background, yet the edges of the rectangular shapes blur and soften, too. Gentle movement, with blocks of color emerging and receding, highlights this painting. A canvas masterpiece, the painting shows his strict attention to detail, composition, depth, balance, color, and scale.