How Did Mark Rothko Die? Date of Death, Cause of Death, Age, and Birthday

Mark Rothko Death

The painter Mark Rothko passed away at age 66, respectable.

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?

Suicide caused Mark Rothko's death in 1970.

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


"That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art."

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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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"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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"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism."

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"There is no such thing as good painting about nothing."

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