Mark Rothko

American, born Russia (Dvinsk, Russia [now Daugavpils, Latvia], 1903 - 1970, New York City, New York)

Mark Rothko was born Marcus Rothkowitz; his family emigrated in 1913 and settled in Portland, Oregon. Rothko attended Yale for two years and moved to New York in 1923.

After a long period of stylistic experimentation, Rothko was prompted toward


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