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Christopher Rothko shares troubled memories of his father

September 24, 2008

“People imagine my father had a glamorous existence, but he lived mainly in slums,” Christopher says, as he settles into his chair. Mark Rothko’s best-known paintings now sell for tens of millions of pounds, but during the Great Depression he lived hand-to-mouth, and until the last two decades of his life – which he ended with a razor blade, in his studio, early one morning in 1970 when Christopher was six – was largely unrecognised and unsupported by the art establishment. (read full article)

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