• London,  Art

    Mark Rothko Room at Tate Modern

    The artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970) was born in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia) as Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz. He was of Lithuanian Jewish descent, emigrated to the USA in 1913, and from 1925 lived and worked in New York until he committed suicide in February,1970. His life was dramatic, immigrating at such a young age, having to deal with antisemitism and poverty in early life.   Seeing these works, shown as the artist intended, in reduced light and in a compact space, is very special. The subtlety of the layered surfaces slowly emerges, revealing their solemn and meditative character. Mark Rothko saw these paintings as objects of contemplation, demanding the viewer’s complete absorption.  …