Open University Arts
The artist Mark Rothko was famously engaged to paint a series of works for the restaurant Four Seasons in 1958. Accepting the commission, he secretly resolved to create "something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room." Observing the restaurant's pretentious atmosphere upon his return from a trip to Europe, Rothko abandoned the project altogether, returned his advance and kept the paintings for himself. The final series was dispersed and now hangs in three locations: Londonâ€™s Tate Gallery, Japanâ€™s Kawamura Memorial Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.