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Relaxing with Rothko at the Tate Modern

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Relaxing with Rothko - Tate Modern

Relaxing with Rothko at the Tate Modern

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The Original Painting size is 24x30 Inches.

I use the highest quality artist oil paint on studio-wrapped stretched linen canvas. THE ORIGINAL PAINTING ARRIVES AT YOUR HOME FRAMED AND READY TO HANG.

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The “Relaxing with Rothko” Story Begins in 2011.

October 2011

In the fall of 2011, my husband, two friends and I saw the play “Red” by John Logan at the  Philadelphia Theatre Company. It is an engrossing play about a series of paintings that the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City commissioned Mark Rothko to create in 1958. As the paintings progressed, Rothko questions the pretentious atmosphere of the restaurant and decides the Four Seasons is an inappropriate place for his paintings to be seen. He stops working on the project, returns the money, and keeps the paintings for himself.

Fast forward to November 2016.

My husband and I are visiting the Tate Modern in London and  we bump into a Rothko room with the a series of paintings that were originally commissioned for the Four Seasons restaurant! Wow. So exciting to actually see this series of paintings live and up close!

Relaxing with Rothko is Conceived

As a result of this serendipitous experience, I created “Relaxing with Rothko.” My goal with this painting is to capture that moment in time as folks linger, observe and relax with the Rothko’s. I like to think that I depict Rothko’s goals to create a rapport between the paintings themselves, as well as between the viewer and the paintings.


"Relaxing with Rothko" received the Honorable Mention Award prize at the Manyunk Roxborough Art Center Annual Members Juried Show in 2016.

I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed creating it!