Painting With The Girls 137
May 16, 2016
Day 137 (229 days to go)
Mark Rothkowitz (1903-1970) was an American painter labeled an Abstract Expressionist against his will. He changed his name to Rothko in 1938, fearing anti-Semitism in America because of the growing Nazi influence in Europe. He is best known for painting two colored rectangles, such as Rust and Blue, sometimes with no edges between them. He was a successful painter in his time, and he created the paintings for the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. He committed suicide in 1970, overdosing with antidepressants and slicing his wrists.
The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. created a special space for his work in 2010.