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Mark’s inner vision
Mark’s inner vision

Laurence de Valmy

Mark's inner vision

Acrylic painting on canvas
30 x 24 x 1.5 inch



Mark Rothko painted Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose in 1950. He had reached his signature style of the “multiforms”. He declared “I’m not visual, I do not look, I use inner vision”;”I have nothing to say in words which I would stand for”.

He was at the time represented by Betty Parsons who had organized yearly solo shows for him between 1947 and 1951. Rothko left Parsons to join the Sidney Janis Gallery and the painting was sold through them.

Briefly owned by Eliza Bliss Parkinson, White Center then passed to David Rockefeller, becoming the first abstract work of art to belong to this most illustrious of collectors. The work was sold in May 2007 to the Royal family of Qatar for 72.84 million (USD), then setting the record of the current most expensive post- war work of art sold at auction.