This autumn, 11 monumental works by Mark Rothko are displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Mark Rothko: Reflection, is on view until 1 July, 2018 and is the result of a collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
“We’re grateful to our colleagues at the National Gallery of Art for their continued partnership, which has resulted in collaborations on many exhibitions over the years and now enables us to offer such a comprehensive presentation of Mark Rothko’s artistic vision,” said Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, who organized the exhibition. “Rothko’s paintings reward slow looking, and we invite MFA visitors to take their time and explore their own ways of experiencing his work.”
The exhibition includes works which highlight Rothko’s early surrealist inspiration; to the colourful canvases of his apogee, and finally the large, enigmatic “dark paintings” made late in his life.
Mark Rothko: Reflection opens with Thru the Window (1938–39), an early Rothko work on public view in the U.S. for the first time, and Artist in his Studio (about 1628), a masterpiece by Rembrandt from the MFA’s collection. The juxtaposition of the two works allows visitors to consider Rothko’s art through the appreciation of the Old Masters.
Image: Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1955 (detail). Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.