Mark Rothko– How Did the Painter Die?

Mark Rothko died at age 66, respectable. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding painter Mark Rothko's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Latvian-born American artist associated with Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting; known for ‘Four Darks in Red.’ Considered among the United States’ most famous post-World War II artists along with Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

He began working in New York’s garment district in 1923. His passion for art was sparked after seeing students from the Art Students League of New York drawing a model.

His late period works included “No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange),” which was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, and “No. 61 (Rust and Blue),” exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

How did Mark Rothko die?

Mark Rothko's death was caused by suicide.

In 1970, Rothko committed suicide by a combination of overdose on barbiturates and a major cut to an artery in his right arm with a razor blade.

Information about the death of Mark Rothko
Cause of deathSuicide
Age of death66 years
BirthdaySeptember 25, 1903
Death dateFebruary 25, 1970
Place of deathNew York, New York, United States
Place of burialN/A


"This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative; and have been painted in a scale of normal living rather than an institutional scale."

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"If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity, we have used them again because they are the eternal symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas."

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"We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless."

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"Silence is so accurate."

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"I also hang the pictures low rather than high, and particularly in the case of the largest ones, often as close to the floor as is feasible, for that is the way they are painted."

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