Mark rothko toward the light in the chapel by annie cohen solal 2 april 2015 by tracey warr a sense of not belonging coloured an outsiders journey to the avant garde learns tracey warr from the sorrow wrought by prejudice to envy to malice the strong emotions that coloured mark rothkos life matched the depth and richness of his . Cohen solal examines mark rothko born marcus rothkowitz in 1904 in current day latvia in as much of a religious context as that of an artistic for rothko was a jewish artist and his religious beliefs and practices were important to his art. Annie cohen solal a veteran french cultural historian and biographer of sartre sets out to fill this gap conscientiously in a mostly penetrating biography of mark rothko 1903 70. Author annie cohen solal in her new biography mark rothko toward the light in the chapel asks the provocative question why when during the previous centuries jews had generally been absent from the visual arts did the dawn of abstraction coincide with their entrance into the world of art with jewish collectors critics artists . Cohen solals account vividly evokes the swirls and eddies of friendship support rivalry and resentment in this milieu in 1938 rotkovich became a us citizen in 1940 he changed his name to mark rothko
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