James E. B. Breslin
The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1993, English
Nonfiction, Art and Cultural History
ISBN: 9780226074054

From the Publisher. The first full-length biography of the 20th-century artist Mark Rothko (1903–70)—a man as fascinating, difficult, and compelling as the paintings he produced. Drawing on exclusive access to Rothko's personal papers and over 100 interviews with artists, patrons, and dealers, James Breslin tells the story of a life in art—the personal costs and professional triumphs, the convergence of genius and ego, the clash of culture and commerce. Breslin offers us not only an enticing look at Rothko as a person, but delivers a lush, in-depth portrait of the New York art scene of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s—the world of Abstract Expressionism, of Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and Klein, which would influence artists for generations to come.

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Harry Pearce

At almost 600 pages, this is a long and deep journey into Rothko’s life. Somewhere among all those pages I remember Rothko being quoted as saying his work was “silent music”—words that have remained with me forever. The book is full of wonderful observations like that.

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