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Mark Rothko (1903-1970)
Orange, Red, Yellow

Orange, Red, Yellow is a large monolith-like canvas exuding a warm and fiery range of shimmering vermillion rectangles over a cooler and thinly painted crimson wash background that Rothko painted at the very height of his career in 1961. A bold, forceful and imposing work that radiates powerfully with an almost epic sense of vitality, it is one of several large and red-hued canvases that Rothko repeatedly painted in the late 1950s and early '60s between the time of the creation of his Seagram murals of 1958 and the Harvard murals of 1961/2.

Mark Rothko’s Orange, Red, Yellow sold for $86,882,500, setting a world auction record for any Contemporary work of art and a world auction record for the artist, at New York, Rockefeller Plaza on 8 May 2012 in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

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