Agnes Martin restarted her work in her later life with another pattern. The canvas is prepared with a gesso that will bring the luminosity. The horizontal bands drawn freehand with pencil are replacing the grid and define alternative areas of diaphanous colors, mostly pink and blue.
It is a rare case of an artist who was able to go up to the ultimate in her search and expression of happiness. Although her technique is different, she is close to the art of Gaitonde who had himself been influenced by Rothko.
The titles now express feelings. Loving love, 152 x 152 cm, painted in Taos in 2000 when the artist was 88 years old, was sold for £ 2.1 million including premium by Christie's on July 1, 2014. The stripes are of uniform width, except that the two central ones are blue, accentuating the impression of symmetry.
An untitled work made in the same year or maybe the year before in the same format is estimated £ 2.5M for sale by Sotheby's in London on October 15, lot 7. The pink stripes are twice wider than the blue.
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SOLD for £ 2.84M including premium