Mark Rothko 1903 - 1970 American, born Dvinsk, former Russia, now Latvia Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
Mark Rothko was born in Dvinsk, Russia to Jacob and Anna Goldin Rothkowitz.
In January 1924, Rothko enrolled at the Art Students League and began taking anatomy courses with George Bridgman.
Rothko's work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms. Rothko’s love of the theater informed his works throughout his life; he painted theatrical scenes, admired many playwrights, and referred to his paintings as “drama”, and his forms as “performers”.