Rothko's Portland

Mark Rothko, Untitled watercolor, untitled watercolor, late 1920's, National Gal
Mark Rothko, Untitled watercolor, untitled watercolor, late 1920's, (courtesy of National Gallery of Art)

An extensive 2009 history of Mark Rothko's life and work in Portland, Oregon by Arcy Douglass; posted here on the occasion of the Mark Rothko Retrospective exhibition on view at the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon through May 17, 2012.

Douglass' reasearch examines "the time that Mark Rothko had spent in Portland and what implications, if any, it might have had on his mature work." The post includes a detailed account of Rothko's childhood and includes curiosities such as Doubon's Bride, a short story Rothko wrote at age 16.

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