I learn something new every day. Did you know that Rothko was "born Markus Yakovlevich Rotkovich on September 25, 1903 in Daugavpils, Lativia and his family emigrated to New York in 1913. He studied for a year at Yale University on a scholarship, ultimately dropping out and returning to New York where he enrolled at the Parsons New School for Design and was taught by Arshile Gorky, who had a lasting influence on the young artist. —from Artnet http://www.artnet.com/artists/mark-rothko/
Oil on canvas
40 x 50 1/2 in. (101.6 x128.7 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, New York. A Conger Goodyear Fund (88.1950)
Photo © The Museum of Modern Art
Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, N.Y.
Did you know that Gorky was "born Vostanik Manoug Adoian on April 15, 1904 in Khorgom, Turkish Armenia, he and his family were victims of the Armenian Genocide, with a young Gorky a witness of his mother’s death at the hands of Turkish militants. He escaped by fleeing first to Russia and eventually to the United States in 1920, changing his name and identity in the process."
—from Artnet http://www.artnet.com/artists/arshile-gorky/