Rothko favored red and never stopped using it, often without any other color. His very last canvas, left unfinished, is a study in red. His range of reds includes vermilions, carmines, carnation pinks shading into roses, purples, oranges. Igniting a yellow here, giving a solemn cast to a black there, and elsewhere bringing out the slience in a white. Red has a host of connotations, and Rothko played with them all : birth, blood lust, desire, the sun's triumphant glare, revelation, illumination, the violence of sacrifice. Rothko's reds are glimpses of the world, at once dazzled and terrified.