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White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)

Mark Rothko

White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)

Mark Rothko
  • Date: 1950
  • Style: Color Field Painting
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil

The work was sold in May 2007 by Sotheby's on behalf of David Rockefeller to the Royal family of Qatar; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned. The painting sold for 72.84 million (USD), setting the record of the current most expensive post-war work of art sold at auction. White Center is part of Rothko's signature multiform style: several blocks of layered, complementary colors on a large canvas. The painting is from top to bottom, a yellow horizontal rectangle, a black horizontal strip, a narrow white rectangular band and the bottom half is lavender. The top half of the rose ground is deeper in colour and the bottom half is pale. It measures 205.8 × 141 cm.

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