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In the mid-1930s Mark Rothko began a series of works with subjects derived from the urban experience that became known as the Subway series. These paintings reflect the artist's sense of isolation, shared by many at the time, that resulted from the harsh social conditions caused by the Great Depression. Although figurative, these paintings accentuate the geometry underlying the elements of the city's infrastructure and thus prefigure Rothko's later concentration on rectangular shapes of luminous colors in his celebrated abstract paintings.
- Artist: Mark Rothko, American, born Russia, 1903-1970
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1939
- Dimensions: 40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.6 x 76.5 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed lower right recto: "Rothko" Lower left verso (inverted): "Mark Rothko .../2..." Lower strainer (inverted): "Subway.../NYC" Upper strainer: "Rothkowitz"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: L2011.5
- Credit Line: Private collection, Brooklyn, New York
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Mark Rothko (American, born Russia, 1903-1970). Subway, 1939. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.6 x 76.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Private collection, Brooklyn, New York, L2011.5. © artist or artist's estate
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