Gallery: Episode 1.1
Mark Rothko, No. 10



Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1950. Oil on canvas, 229.2 x 146.4 cm (90 1/4 x 57 5/8), Gift of Philip Johnson, 1952, 1998, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

We first see this work in Helen's sitting room in S1ep1. ("Just give me half an hour and I'll be all yours".) "One of Rothko's early 'multiform' paintings as he arrived at his signature style." (nga.gov/feature/rothko/classic2.html)

Ironically, it seems possible that one of the first recognizable art reproductions we see in Bad Girls was intended to be 'just background' in the true sense of the word. The fact that the print only appears a few times, and is prominent only in this introductory scene between Helen and Sean suggests it may have performed its function a bit too well: given the color tones used on this set, it just sort of disappears.

If, however, you get all emo over Rothko, drop us a line and tell us about it: maybe we're missing some hugely significant implication of the piece!


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