Mark Rothko

Quick Facts

Full NameMarkus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz
Known AsMark Rothko
BornSeptember 25, 1903
Place of BirthDvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia)
DiedFebruary 25, 1970 (aged 66)
Place of DeathNew York City, U.S.
Alma MaterYale University
Known ForPainting
Art MovementsAbstract expressionism, color field
Spouses– Edith Sachar (1932–1943)
– Mary Alice “Mell” Beistle (1944–1970)
Children– Kate Rothko Prizel (b. Kathy Lynn Rothko, 1950)
– Christopher Rothko (b. 1963)
PatronsPeggy Guggenheim, John de Menil, Dominique de Menil
Notable WorksColor field paintings with irregular rectangular regions of color (1949-1970)
Early LifeEmigrated from Dvinsk (Russian Empire) to Portland, Oregon, later moved to New York City
Early Artistic ThemesUrban scenery, mythological themes, Surrealism
Signature StyleRectangular color forms
Mural Projects– Seagram murals
– Harvard Mural series
– Rothko Chapel
Seagram MuralsIntended for Four Seasons Restaurant, later donated to museums including Tate Gallery
Harvard MuralsDonated to Harvard’s Holyoke Center (now Smith Campus Center); colors faded but restored using special lighting
Rothko ChapelContributed 14 canvases to a permanent installation at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas
Later LifeLived modestly despite increasing resale value of his paintings
Record SalePainting No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) sold in 2014 for $186 million
LegacyBest known for his contributions to abstract expressionism and color field painting, with a significant impact on modern art

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