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Marcus Rothkowitz was born on September 25, 1903 in Dvinsk, Russia. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1913, living in Portland, Oregon. Rothko is most known for his brightly colored paintings, which he began in the late 1940s. These were massive paintings that took up nearly the whole wall from floor to ceiling.

By 1950, Rothko had refined his characteristic technique by reducing the number of floating panels to two, three, or four and aligning them vertically against a colorful ground. From then on, he would nearly always create in this style, implying an incredible range of atmospheric conditions and emotions in a variety of color and tone changes.

Rothko's paintings pulse because he created them using a unique methodology. His color limits are clearly established. During the late 1950s, Rothko's paintings began to darken drastically. This innovation is connected to his work on a mural project for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City's Seagram Building.

Art historian David Anfam listed Rothko's complete works on canvas, 836 paintings, in his Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné, released by Yale University Press in 1998.


Cubists, Surrealists, and the Great Depression affected his creative phases.The artworks of Rothko entice you to embark on an amazing adventure into an unidentified aspect.

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