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Mark Rothko died in 1970
25 February, 2016
Mark Rothko. Untitled, 1952–53 Oil on canvas 300 x 442.5 cm Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.
Of Russian Jewish descent, Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) is one of the most famous postwar American artists.
Although he refused to adhere to any art movement, it is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists. Rothko’s works are renowned for the subtlety of their layered surfaces, which include complex combinations of oils, pigments, colourants, resins, egg and glues.
Last year, one Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon (1958) went back on public view at Tate Modern following 18 months of extensive conservation work by Tate’s Collection Care team. This painting, one of the iconic Seagram murals which Rothko donated to Tate in 1970, had been vandalized with graffiti ink in October 2012.
The Seagram Murals arrived in London for display at Tate on the very day of the artists suicide, February 25, 1970.