No. 16

Mark Rothko (American (born Russia), Dvinsk 1903–1970 New York)

Oil on canvas
102 x 119 1/2in. (259.1 x 303.5cm)
Credit Line:
Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, George A. Hearn Fund and Hugo Kastor Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (verso): MARK ROTHKO/1960

  • Provenance

    Phillipe Dotremont, Brussels (in 1961); [Galerie Lawrence, Paris, 1963]; Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Scull, New York and Great Neck, N. Y. (1963–71; sale, Sotheby's, New York, November 18, 1970, no. 8, bought in; their gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. "Aktuelle Kunst: Bilder und Plastiken aus der Sammlung Dotremont," March 3–April 9, 1961, no. 69.

    Kunsthalle Basel. "Moderne Malerei seit 1945 aus der Sammlung Dotremont," April 22–May 28, 1961, no. 69.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940–1970," October 18, 1969–February 1, 1970, unnumbered cat. (p. 105; as "Reds, No. 16," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Scull, New York) [reproduced upside down].

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Accessions, 1967–1974," March 7–April 23, 1974, no catalogue.

    New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective," October 27, 1978–January 14, 1979, no. 155 as "Reds, No. 16".

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective," February 8–April 1, 1979, no. 155.

    Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective," April 21–June 10, 1979, no. 155.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective," July 3–September 26, 1979, no. 155.

  • References

    "Un appartement Pop." L'Oeil, no. 106 (October 1963), pp. 18–19, ill. (color, installation photo).

    Allene Talmey. "Fashions in Living: Art is the Core. In the Robert Scull New York Apartment, Art is the Lighthearted Obsession–from Renaissance to Pop Art–An Adventure for the Eyes." Vogue 144.1 (July 1, 1964), p. 122, ill. (color).

    Grace Glueck. "Auction Where the Action Is." New York Times (November 15, 1970), p. D26.

    H[enry]. G[eldzahler]. in "Recent Accessions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 29 (April 1971), p. 371, (ill. upside down).

    Henry Geldzahler in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 214, ill.

    Steven Henry Madoff. "What is Postmodern About Painting: The Scandinavia Lectures." Arts Magazine 60 (September 1985), p.118, fig. 4.

    Lisa Mintz Messinger in 20th Century Art: Selections from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Vol. 2, Painting: 1945–1985. New York, 1986, pp. 36–37, ill. (color).

    Eugene Victor Thaw. "The Abstract Expressionists." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44 (Winter 1986–87), pp. 13, 35, fig. 9 (color).

    Anna C. Chave. Mark Rothko: Subjects in Abstraction. New Haven, 1989, pp. 75, 117 18, 121, colorpl. XXII.

    James E.B. Breslin. "Rothko's Image." Mark Rothko: A Biography. Chicago, 1993, p. 420.

    Hiromoto Nobuyuki. Contemporary Great Masters: Mark Rothko. Vol. 4, Tokyo, 1993, p. 49, (color).

    Diane Waldman. Mark Rothko in New York. New York, 1994, p. 26, no. 38, ill. (color).

    David Anfam. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas. Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1998, p. 541, no. 683 (color).

  • See also