Sacrifice of iphigenia

By Mark Rothko SKU:201037

Mark Rothko's "Sacrifice of Iphigenia," painted in 1942, is a deeply evocative masterpiece that holds immense significance in the artist's early career. Departing from representational art, Rothko delves into abstraction, using emotive colors and forms to convey the tragic mythological story of Iphigenia's sacrifice. The painting's intensity lies in its ability to evoke profound emotions, drawing viewers into the poignant narrative without relying on traditional imagery. "Sacrifice of Iphigenia" marks Rothko's bold exploration of psychological depth, foreshadowing his iconic color field paintings. Its timeless and emotive nature makes it a truly exceptional and influential work in the realm of modern art.

54 cm

Please note: by default the aspect ratio of the original artwork is used.

Need a special size? Request a quote or watch our expainer video to choose the correct size.

Add to wishlist Remove from wishlist
Total € 250

Title: Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” (1942): An Emotive Exploration of Myth and Abstraction

Year Painted: 1942

Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia,”” painted in 1942, stands as a profoundly significant and emotive masterpiece in the artist’s early career. Departing from traditional representation, Rothko delves into abstraction to convey the tragic mythological narrative of Iphigenia’s sacrifice. This painting holds a special place in Rothko’s body of work due to its powerful emotional impact and its foreshadowing of his iconic color field style.

The painting draws its inspiration from Greek mythology, specifically the story of Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon, who was sacrificed to appease the gods and ensure safe passage for the Greek fleet to Troy. Instead of portraying the scene literally, Rothko uses abstract forms and intense colors to evoke the profound emotions associated with the tragic tale.

Through a carefully orchestrated combination of deep reds, somber blacks, and ethereal whites, Rothko captures the pathos and tension of the sacrificial event. The intense hues seem to pulse and vibrate, immersing the viewer in the emotional turmoil of the ancient drama. Rothko’s deliberate use of abstraction allows for a more profound and universal interpretation, transcending the specifics of the myth to touch upon themes of sacrifice, loss, and human suffering.

“”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” serves as a crucial link between Rothko’s earlier figurative works and his later signature style of color field painting. It marks his bold departure from traditional representation and his increasing focus on the emotive power of color and form. The painting demonstrates Rothko’s early exploration of psychological depth, as he sought to create art that could resonate on a deeper level with the human experience.

As a pivotal work in Rothko’s career, “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” foreshadows the revolutionary path he would take, leading to his renowned color field paintings. These later works, characterized by large, luminous color expanses, would become synonymous with Rothko’s name and an essential part of the abstract expressionist movement.

The lasting appeal and significance of “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” lie in its ability to connect with viewers on an emotional and contemplative level. By transcending the boundaries of time and mythology, Rothko’s painting reaches out to universal human experiences of tragedy, sacrifice, and redemption. Its emotive power and evocative storytelling make it a truly exceptional and influential work, ensuring its enduring place in the pantheon of modern art.

In conclusion, Mark Rothko’s “”Sacrifice of Iphigenia”” painted in 1942 is a masterful exploration of myth and abstraction, showcasing the artist’s early pursuit of emotive expression through color and form. Its powerful resonance and foreshadowing of his iconic style make it a unique and exceptional painting, solidifying Rothko’s status as a groundbreaking figure in the world of modern art.

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

At our art gallery, we take pride in offering comprehensive global shipping to our esteemed clientele. We understand the significance of your art acquisitions and the need to transport them with utmost care. Hence, we are committed to delivering your chosen paintings to any address worldwide and free of any additional charge.

Our reliable courier service partners are experienced in handling precious art pieces and ensure that your painting reaches you in pristine condition. We offer fully insured, door-to-door delivery, providing you with peace of mind that your artwork is protected during transit.

Moreover, to accommodate your unique framing preferences, we offer the distinctive service of sending your purchased artwork directly to any framer across the globe. This enables you to have your painting framed locally by your trusted framer, reducing the risk of damage during transportation.

Regardless of your location or your framer’s, we strive to make the process as seamless as possible. It is our goal to provide exceptional service that caters to your needs and ensures the safe delivery of your valuable artwork.

We invite you to experience our hassle-free, worldwide shipping service, which is aimed at delivering your prized art pieces safely and efficiently, wherever you may be.

Similar paintings

Customer experiences

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great experience
Great experience! The painting was delivered super fast and exceeds my expectations. Vivid colors, beautiful details. Simple ordering procedure on…
Tim Knobben, January 17, 2024
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A super satisfied customer!
I received my painting today and it looks great! The colors are vibrant and the quality is top notch! Highly…
Dylan Korenromp, December 15, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended!
My new painting just arrived and I am really extremely happy with it! It sounds cliché but the painting is…
Sven Korthuis, October 31, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very satisfied and will definitely order here again in the future.
Painting is exactly what I expected it to be. Price/quality is good and would definitely recommend them. Prompt delivery and…
Bram Lucas, November 24, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very happy with my painting
Very happy with my painting of my pet. Quality is beyond expectations. Customer service answered my questions well and gave…
Kelly van Haren, November 2, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Received my painting today….
Today received my painting of:The Scream (after Munch) 1984 by Andy Warhol. Very happy with my order. And the quality…
Nicol, November 21, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Incredibly happy with my painting of…
Incredibly happy with my painting of Gustav Klimt! It fits our home perfectly and the delivery went top notch as…
Dian Mastenbroek, November 6, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This already the second time I have had a…
This already the second time I order a painting. Top quality and perfect service. The Mona Lisa hanging in our…
Ali El Habziz, November 4, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
What a surprise
Received today the painting of our dog we ordered. What a surprise! Beautifully painted, brilliant colors and very realistic. Warmly…
Ingrid Wilmink, November 3, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Looks great in our new home
Looks great in our new home! A real work of art and neat delivery
Marije Paus, November 2, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Super nice assortment
Super nice selection and products delivered quickly! Very happy with it!
Luuk Rouwhorst, October 31, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Turned out very beautiful!
JM, November 2, 2023