Artist. Born Marcus Rothkovitch in Dvinsk, Russia (present day Daugavpils, Latvia), his family emigrated to the United States in 1913. A good student, he attended Yale University for two years, dropping out before earning a degree. He then settled in New York City and studied briefly at the Art Students League under Max Weber. He produced canvasses influenced by Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s before settling into modernist abstract style citing influence from Nietzsche. He claimed to have worked toward continuous simplification, and most of his work featured large rectangular expanses of color melting into the next. He held a one man show at the Betty Parson Gallery between 1950 and 1951 and at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1954. He provided wall paintings for The Four Seasons restaurant in 1958, and a retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1961. In 1968 he suffered an aortal aneurysm, and his declining health contributed to the estrangement from his wife from whom he separated the following January. His assistant found him dead in his studio on the morning of the 26th.
Bio by: Iola
Mary Alice Beistle Rothko