He had decided two or three years earlier to give up figuration and to devote to color. This connoisseur in art history was able to follow the rarest and more expressive colors of the great painters without imitating their themes. His reference to Matisse is identified.
The opus made in 1952 are composed in confrontations of rectangles whose loose edges offer a gradient of colors which accentuates the feeling of attraction or repulsion between the blocks. His output was rather low but his work from that year displays a remarkable diversity in his experiments of colors.
On November 4 in New York, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas 172 x 113 cm, lot 33T estimated $ 20M.
The balance between lavender and green offers here a further refinement with a lightening effect in the middle of the upper block. It is one of the works in which the abstraction by Rothko is closest to nature with an unmistakable influence from the colors of Monet's pond.
I invite you to watch the video in which Sotheby's introduces this lot followed by a painting made ten years later by the same artist, offered in the same sale with the same estimate.
SOLD for $ 20.4M including premium