The exhibition hall at the Daugavpils Museum of Regional studies and Art displays the unique painting reproductions of the world-famous artist Mark Rothko (1903-1970), who was born in Daugavpils Mark Rothko was one of the most significant world-famous artists of 20th century.
Together with Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still he is one of the central figures in the USA post-war painting representing the so-called abstract expressionism direction of the New York school. Just like other painters of his generation M. Rothko tried several stylistic directions until in the middle of the century he found his own style. During the 20ies and 30ies he created hundreds of figural pieces on paper and canvas portraying nudes, portraits, interiors with human figures, urban views and landscapes.
Around 1940 he started investigations of Greek – Roman myths in series of neoclassic paintings characteristic of layered composition similar to Roman sarcophagi and Greek friezes with human and animal limbs and hybrid figures. Around 1947 M. Rothko eliminated all imaginative elements from his paintings but until 1950 he significantly altered the composition of paintings by switching to rectangular shapes and decreasing their number to two - four as well as placing them vertically on a colourful base. It remained as a characteristic style of the artist: paintings conforming to his ideal – „simple expression of complex thoughts”.
In 1961 the New York Museum of Modern Arts arranged M. Rothko's personal exhibition which was the culmination of his creative work. It travelled to all biggest European cities.