No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange)

No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange)
Artist Mark Rothko
Year 1949
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
Complete Works

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.

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