Artwork Title: No. 17 - Artist Name: Mark RothkoArtwork Title: No. 17 - Artist Name: Mark Rothko

No. 17, 1957

Mark Rothko

With its vibrant, verdant hues, No. 17 is emblematic of the experiential nature of Rothko’s art—a manifestation of what one critic called the “immediate radiance” of the paintings from this period of the artist’s career. One of the artist’s rare “blue” canvases, this work belongs to a select group that marked the culmination of a short period during which he executed a number of brightly hued works and just a few months before he embarked on a series of paintings that have become widely regarded as the pinnacle of his career, the Seagram Murals (Tate Gallery, London). This painting was featured in the vital 1961-1963 Rothko retrospective, which traveled across Europe championing the cause of Abstract Expressionism and confirming Rothko’s status as one of its vanguards. [http://arthistorynewsreport.blogspot.nl/2016/04/christies-new-york-evening-sale-of-post.html]

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