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No. 3

Artist:
Mark Rothko (American (born Russia), Dvinsk 1903–1970 New York)
Date:
1953
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
68 x 54 1/4 in. (172.7 x 137.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, in honor of her great-grandchildren, Claire Coven and Hope Coven, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.55
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 921
After a long trek through Expressionism and Surrealism, Rothko’s definitive style coalesced in 1950. Using canvases roughly the height and width of a human standing with outstretched arms, he created what he sometimes called “doors” and “windows” in luminous color. “ My pictures are indeed facades” he once said.
Muriel Steinberg acquired this painting soon after it was made.
Inscription: Signed and dated (on reverse): MARK ROTHKO/ 1953 #3
[Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1953; sold on April 1, 1953 to Steinberg]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago (1953–2006; her gift to MMA)

Milwaukee Art Institute. "55 Americans: '55," September 9–October 23, 1955, no. 46.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 81).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 17, 2007–February 3, 2008, extended to March 2, 2008, no. 48.

Eleanor Page. "She Lives in an Art Museum." Chicago Tribune (September 13, 1964), sec. 5, p. 3.

Hilton Kramer. "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century." New York Times (May 22, 1981), pp. C1, C21.

Diana Loercher-Pazicky. "Une Donation bienvenue." Connaissance des arts no. 354 (August 1981), ill., p. 20.

Lisa M. Messinger in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1980–1981. New York, 1981, ill., p. 63.

Diana Loercher-Pazicky. "The Newman Bequest." Connaissance des arts no. 19 (August 1981), ill. p. 16 (color), incorrectly captions it "Jackson Pollock, 'Number 28,' 1950".

Eugene Victor Thaw. "The Abstract Expressionists." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44 (Winter 1986–87), p. 35, fig. 28 (color).

William Agee. "Muriel Kallis Newman: Life Among the Moderns." Architectural Digest (December 1986), p. 70, ill. p. 66.

Diane Waldman. Mark Rothko in New York. New York, 1994, p. 25, no. 31, ill.

David Anfam. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas. Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1998, p. 370, no. 486, ill.

Gary Tinterow in Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, p. 5, fig. 6 (color, installation photo).

David Anfam in Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 152–55, no. 48, ill. (color).



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