Saturday, December 8, 2012

No 1 (Royal Red and Blue) - Mark Rothko

Price in US $ - 75.1 million

Mark Rothko’s magisterial abstraction, “No.1 (Royal Red and Blue)” (1954) is one of the most widely exhibited and written-about painting from the collection of Anne and John Marion.  Its impressive history included the artist’s first museum exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it showed alongside eight other Rothkos in 1954, in what was then a contemporary artist showcase. Most of the other examples are now housed in museums, including the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was described by Sotheby's as "a seminal, large-scale masterpiece".


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