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On the 25th February 1970, the Tate gallery in London received nine Mark Rothko canvasses, a generous donation from the artist himself.
A few hours later, Rothko was found dead in his studio on East 69th Street in Manhattan. The 66-year-old painter had taken his own life.
His suicide would change everything and shape the way we respond to his work.
Rothko was aware that people often burst into tears when confronted with his painting. “I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions, tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on” he said.
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Chinese subtitles by Charles Xiu
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Mozart’s Requiem (Lacrimosa)
Intro music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”
Writings on Art – Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko: From the Inside out – Christopher Rothko
Rothko – Jacob Baal-Teshuva
Simon Schama – The Power of Art
Mark Rothko images © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2020