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Mark Rothko

Also Known as: Marcus Rothkovich

Dvinsk, Russia 1903

New York, New York 1970


Born in Russia, came to Portland, Oregon, in 1913, moved to New York City about 1925. Painter whose early work depicted urban scenes with isolated figures; later he developed the distinctive format of shifting rectangles in subtle colors that made him a leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Charles Sullivan, ed American Beauties: Women in Art and Literature (New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with National Museum of American Art, 1993)