About the Artist
Mark Rothko (1903–1970), who was central to the development of postwar abstract painting in the United States, is best known for the luminous paintings he made in the 1950s and 1960s. These classic works are characterized by their soft-edged rectangular forms and broad, thin washes of color. The National Gallery of Art is the largest public repository of Rothko's works, with a collection that includes nearly 300 paintings on canvas and paper, and a study collection of more than 600 additional works on paper.
This poster is a reproduction of Mark Rothko's large painting Untitled 1957 from the Gallery's collection. Within his signature format, Rothko used a broad spectrum of colors and tones to create moods and atmospheric effects ranging from dramatic to sober to lyric. Rothko's work darkened significantly during the 1950s, as seen in this work.
- 28 x 36 inches (image is 25 x 30 inches)