The 10 most expensive paintings in the world
As the art world buzzes with the busiest sales week of the year, we round up the 10 most expensive paintings ever sold
The Russian-born American painter was a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism – a post–war art movement developed in New York in the 1940s.
Rothko’s style is characterized by the use of large canvases and horizontal bands of vibrant colours. Violet Green Red is one of Rothko's most ambiguously named works, allowing viewers to form their own impressions of the composition's meaning.
In this painting, Rothko uses a more sinister palette than usual, with the darkest shades at the top, symbolizing the deep depression he was battling at the time of creation in 1951.