Deluxe and comprehensive, this revelatory volume examines the brilliance of Mark Rothko (1903 1970), a pioneer artist of the New York School and major figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Illustrated with more than 275 images that explore his paintings, prints, and works on paper, this book highlights the best known and also lesser known works by Rothko from his early figurative and Surrealist works to his mesmerizing colour-field paintings of immense scale, to the more restricted palette of his luminous later works and his final series of black and gray paintings. Among Rothko s artistic philosophies, he held that painting was a deeply psychological and spiritual experience through which basic human emotions could be communicated. Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko draw on intimate knowledge of the artworks and the artist s life to give a fuller picture of their father and place him within the context of art history. Alexander Nemerov and Hiroshi Sugimoto provide reflections about the artist s work.