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This catalogue commemorates the retrospective of Mark Rothko (at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, from October 18, 2023 to April 2, 2024,) the renowned American artist, and it was curated by Suzanne Pagé and Christopher Rothko, his son. It showcases more than 100 artworks, including No. 5 (Untitled) from the Chrysler Museum's collection.

Rothko, born Markus Rothkowitz in Latvia in the early 1900s, began painting in the 1930s, influenced by mythology and Surrealism. His first abstract works, such as the Multiform series, emerged in the 1940s, followed by his celebrated Classic Years and the Black and Gray paintings. A pioneer of the New York art scene, Rothko worked with an immense range of colour and light to create emotionally charged, enigmatic pieces that touch the soul.


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Product Details

  • Produced in close collaboration with the artist's family
  • Two page fold-outs plunge the reader deep into Rothko's oeuvre
  • Contains previously unpublished works and archive material
  • A catalog of the major exhibition of remarkable paintings by Mark Rothko at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, from October 18, 2023 to April 2, 2024
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 316 pages, with 220 illustrations
  • Publication Date:
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12.7 × 11.8 × 1.4 inches
    (32.3 × 30.0 × 3.6 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 lb (84.8 oz; 2404 g)
  • SKU010010838 | ISBN: 9782850889509

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About Suzanne Pagé

An internationally renowned art historian, Suzanne Pagé is currently artistic director of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Formerly the director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, she curated the previous French retrospective of Rothko’s work, back in 1999.

About the Artist, Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was an influential American painter known for his iconic abstract expressionist works. Born as Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz on September 25, 1903, in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia), Rothko immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of ten, settling in Portland, Oregon. His early exposure to the vibrant colors and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest greatly influenced his artistic sensibilities.

Rothko's artistic journey was marked by a gradual shift towards abstraction. He initially experimented with various styles, including figurative and surrealist elements. However, it was during the 1940s that he began developing his signature style characterized by large, rectangular color fields. These paintings, often consisting of softly blurred blocks of intense hues, were intended to evoke emotional responses and create a profound sense of spirituality and transcendence.

Rothko's work gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim, and he became one of the leading figures of the abstract expressionist movement. His compositions, devoid of recognizable imagery, aimed to evoke emotional depth and contemplation. Rothko believed that his paintings were more than mere objects; they were immersive experiences that could engage viewers on a spiritual level.

Tragically, Rothko battled with depression and struggled with the commercialization of his art. Despite his success, he felt increasingly disillusioned with the art world and its commodification. On February 25, 1970, Rothko took his own life at the age of 66. Today, his profound contributions to abstract art continue to captivate audiences, with his large-scale paintings displayed in major museums and galleries around the world. Rothko's work remains an enduring testament to the power of color, form, and emotion in the realm of abstract expressionism.

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