Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III, 1966/67
Newman said this, apparently: It is true that Rothko talks the fighter. He fights, however, to submit to the philistine world. My struggle against bourgeois society has involved the total rejection of it.
It’s true that Rothko’s most famous work was a commissioned mural for a restaurant (in the Seagram building); maybe he meant that. I must investigate.