Tate Modern painting damage man jailed

  • A man has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern gallery.

    Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, of West Sussex, had previously pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property valued at more than $8000.

    Words were scribbled with black paint on the painting, Black on Maroon.

    Rothko is considered to be one of the 20th century's most important artists. His works fetch tens of millions of dollars at auctions.

    The American artist was commissioned to paint the Seagram murals in 1958 for Manhattan's Four Seasons restaurant, thought they were never installed.

    Shortly before his death in 1970, he presented some of the murals to the Tate Gallery.

    According to the Tate Modern, the damage is worse than originally thought and could take up to 20 months to repair.