About the film
About the painting
Rothko’s painting appears in scene with quarrel betweeen two brothers: Linus and David in the office.
Untitled (Black on Grey) is a painting of a black rectangle and a grey rectangle. There is a build up of thin, translucent layers of differently shaded blacks, which are luminous and warm. The overall effect is strangely ambiguous, neither space nor substance, and Mark Rothko himself described them as touching upon the ‘historical sublime’.