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Rothko Painting Defaced At Tate Gallery

A vandal has defaced a painting by the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern museum in the British capital, London.

The gallery said a visitor to the museum on October 6 applied a small amount of black paint to the work.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack.

Pictures of the vandalism showed words, including the name “Vladimir,” scrawled in a corner of the painting.

The defaced work is part of what is known as Rothko’s “Seagram series.”

Rothko, who was born in the Russian Empire and later became an American citizen, is considered one of the 20th century’s most important modern masters, renowned for large abstract paintings featuring blocks of color. He died in 1970.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters