November 3, 2012
Mark Rothko’s late black and grey paintings were painted in the year leading up to his suicide in 1969. Unlike the sumptuous depths of his colour saturated paintings, they are completely flat.
Mark Rothko, Untitled (Black on Grey), 1970
The paintings in this series are divided into two parts, each work has its upper section painted in a blackish brown acrylic, while the lower half - though the ratios differ from painting to painting - is made up of scrubbed, mudflat greys.
These paintings look almost like photographic abstractions.