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Mark Rothko

 (1903 - 1970)
Mark Rothko was active/lived in New York / Ukraine, Russian Federation.  Mark Rothko is known for abstract expressionist painter, early surreal.

Mark Rothko

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Mark Rothko was born Marcus Rothkowitz in 1903 in Dvinsk, Russia.  His father was a pharmacist.  As a child he spoke Hebrew and Russian until he was ten years old; in 1913 he and his two sisters, Anna and Sonia, came to Portland, Oregon, where their parents had preceded them.  They wore labels explaining that they did not speak English; he enrolled in Immigrant School. In 1921 he won a scholarship to Yale University; he was one of three immigrant seniors to get into Yale.  He planned on becoming a labor leader. In 1923 he left Yale, moving to New York to work as a bookkeeper for an uncle. Somewhere along the way he disavowed his faith, struggling with a cultural identity developed against a hostile backdrop of  ...  Displaying 750 of 8729 characters.

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Biography photo for Mark Rothko
© 2001 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Mark Rothko, 1961

About  Mark Rothko

Born:  1903 - Dvinsk, Ukraine, Russia
Died:   1970 - New York, New York
Known for:  abstract expressionist painter, early surreal