Ochre and Red on Red

By Mark Rothko SKU:201073

Mark Rothko's "Ochre and Red on Red," painted in 1954, is an extraordinary artwork in the realm of abstract expressionism. Composed of two vibrant red rectangles, the painting captivates viewers with its seemingly simple yet profound form. Rothko's genius lies in his ability to evoke emotional depth through color and composition, drawing viewers into a contemplative experience. The intense hues and layered brushstrokes invite introspection, prompting a connection with one's inner self. This masterpiece is special for its power to elicit profound feelings, making it a timeless and iconic work in the history of modern art.

54 cm

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Title: “”Mark Rothko’s Ochre and Red on Red: A Profound Masterpiece of Abstract Expressionism””

Year Painted: 1954

Mark Rothko’s “”Ochre and Red on Red,”” created in 1954, is a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of traditional art, belonging to the esteemed realm of abstract expressionism. The painting’s profound impact lies in its deceptively simple yet emotionally charged composition, showcasing two vibrant red rectangles stacked one upon the other. This unassuming arrangement, however, conceals a deeply contemplative and transformative experience for those who gaze upon it.

Rothko’s artistic brilliance is most evident in his ability to elicit intense emotional responses from viewers through his masterful use of color and form. The painting’s fiery shades of red radiate with an almost ethereal glow, drawing the observer’s attention into its captivating depths. Rothko’s deliberate choice to stack the two rectangles allows the colors to interact, creating an ever-changing dance of light and shadow, which instills a sense of movement and life into the otherwise static piece.

“”Ochre and Red on Red”” stands as a remarkable example of Rothko’s signature style, often referred to as “”color field painting.”” He believed that color had the power to evoke profound feelings and spiritual experiences, and this work exemplifies that philosophy. The deliberate lack of discernible figures or recognizable shapes encourages viewers to focus solely on the raw emotional impact of color, transcending the boundaries of conventional representation.

The year 1954 holds special significance in Rothko’s career, as he was in the midst of his creative prime. During this period, he fully embraced his abstract style, and “”Ochre and Red on Red”” serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment to exploring the depths of human emotion through the language of color and form.

Beyond its artistic significance, “”Ochre and Red on Red”” holds cultural and historical importance as well. It is housed in prestigious museums, admired by art enthusiasts worldwide, and often used as a symbol of abstract expressionism’s lasting impact on the art world. The painting’s ability to provoke introspection and invite viewers to delve into their inner thoughts has earned it a revered place among the most influential works of modern art.

In conclusion, Mark Rothko’s “”Ochre and Red on Red,”” painted in 1954, remains an unparalleled masterpiece of abstract expressionism. Its power lies in its simplicity, its profound emotional impact, and its ability to ignite introspection within each viewer. With its radiant red hues and timeless appeal, this artwork continues to captivate audiences, solidifying its status as one of the most extraordinary and special paintings in the history of modern art.

Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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