My brother-in-law is an art history PhD student, and he told me this story about Rothko’s Four Seasons caper. Turns out, though I can’t find much evidence online, that the color red actually stimulates appetite in humans. Rothko didn’t know this, and most of the canvases he supplied for the Four Seasons commission, with the expressed intent to disgust the diners, were covered in a deep, rust-colored red. Reportedly, no one’s appetite was ruined. While he didn’t want the privileged diners to see his work, more likely his experiment in sticking it to the squares was a total logistical failure.
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