White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)

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White Center (Yellow, Pink
and Lavender on Rose)
White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose).jpg
Artist Mark Rothko
Year 1950
Dimensions 205.8 cm × 141 cm (81.0 in × 56 in)
Location The Royal family of Qatar

White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) is an abstract painting by Mark Rothko completed in 1950.

2007 sale[edit]

The work was sold in May 2007 by Sotheby's on behalf of David Rockefeller[1] to the Royal family of Qatar; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his wife, Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned.[2] The painting sold for 72.84 million (USD), then setting the record of the current most expensive post-war work of art sold at auction.[3][4]


White Center is part of Rothko's signature multiform style: several blocks of layered, complementary colors on a large canvas.[5]

The painting is from top to bottom, a yellow horizontal rectangle, a black horizontal strip, a narrow white rectangular band and the bottom half is lavender. The top half of the rose ground is deeper in colour and the bottom half is pale. It measures 205.8 × 141 cm.


  1. ^ Melikian, Souren (2007-05-16). "A Rothko sells for $72.84 million at record-setting Sotheby's sale". Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  2. ^ Thornton, Sarah; Adam, Georgina (May 4, 2008), "Revealed: $72.8m Rockefeller Rothko has gone to Qatar", The Art Newspaper 
  3. ^ Pilkington, Ed (2007-05-17). "Warhol goes for $71m in record New York art sale". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Rothko painting sets postwar record". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Mark Rothko". Retrieved 2008-01-28. 

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