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Mark Rothko nació en 1903 en la Zona de Residencia habilitada para los judíos en el antiguo Imperio ruso y a los 10 años emigró a Estados Unidos. Será su decisión de convertirse en artista lo que marque una nueva fase en su vida. En apenas un par de décadas, Rothko dio forma a lo que iba a ser la marca distintiva de su obra. Siempre proclive al enfrentamiento con el establishment, el pintor consagró la última década de su vida a la ejecución de un proyecto transgresor: la capilla Rothko, situada en Houston (Texas).
La fascinante biografía de Cohen-Solal relata la increíble historia de un joven inmigrante de Dvinsk que acabaría siendo uno de los agentes cruciales en la transformación del mundo del arte.
In this gripping biography, Cohen-Solal (Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli) examines the life and work of Rothko, an artist motivated by his spirituality and one of the most distinguished painters of the 20th century. The meticulous text begins with the artist's birth as Marcus Rotkovitch in the Russian Empire in 1903, during a time of "tensions, persecutions, and latent hostility" toward Jews, followed by his emigration to Portland, Ore., at age 10. It goes on to catalogue the political, social, and religious forces that contributed to Rothko's success and also caused him considerable setbacks throughout his career. Digging into archives and conducting interviews with scholars and the artist's relatives, Cohen-Solal illuminates the lifelong impact Rothko's time in Talmudic school, as well as the support he received from the immigrant Jewish community in Portland during his years as a minority student in high school. The author also traces Rothko's struggles at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., the "inaccessible club of young WASPs," where he learned that "the Yale social system was based more on breeding than on merit." The book richly illustrates a contentious period in the American art world, including the Armory Show, clashes between artists and institutions, and the growing influence of European artists such as Rodin, C zanne, Picasso, and Matisse in the United States. This novelistic account is a rewarding close-up of Rothko's personal life and his experience as a Jewish immigrant. Photos.