Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals

The Seagram Murals are a series of paintings by the American artist Mark Rothko, which is his first to experiment with a dark palette. In 1958, the artist was commissioned by the Seagram Company to create a series of murals for the company's new headquarters in New York City. The commission was for a total of 40 paintings, but he ultimately completed only 30.

The Seagram Murals are characterized by its large size and use of abstract blocks of color. The artist intended the paintings to be displayed in a dimly lit environment, and they were originally installed in a specially designed room in the Seagram Building.

The paintings were intended to create a contemplative atmosphere, and he believed that they had a spiritual quality. He once said, "I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on."
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