Mark Rothko, Sea Fantasy, 1946, National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.8

Devoted to themes of myth, prophecy, archaic ritual, and the unconscious mind, Rothko's paintings of the mid-1940s are characterized by a biomorphic style stimulated by the example of the surrealists, several of whom had recently immigrated to New York from war-torn Europe.


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