"Silence is so accurate,"
Physically ill and suffering from depression Rothko committed suicide on Feb. 25, 1970. At the time of his death he was widely recognized in his crucial role in the development of nonrepresentational art. His vibrant, disembodied veils of color asserted the power of nonobjective painting to convey strong emotional or spiritual content. With the unwavering commitment to a singular artistic vision, Rothko celebrated the near mythic power art holds over the creative imagination.