Mark Rothko exhibit... in honor of a Portland original

Mark Rothko exhibit... in honor of a Portland original
Mark Rothko wearing hat, Photographer: Consuelo Kanaga © 2011 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko (courtesy of the Portland Art Museum).

PORTLAND, Ore. - An artist who began honing his craft in the Rose City a century ago will now have his work on display at the Portland Art Museum.

Mark Rothko (1903 to 1970) emigrated to the United States from Russia when he was 10 years old.

His family settled in Portland, Oregon and he attended Lincoln High School before heading off to New York City to establish himself as an artist.

The exhibition at the Portland Art Museum will showcase 45 of Rothko's works dating from the 1920s to his death in 1970.

The opening is Saturday, Feb. 18 and the pieces can be viewed through May 27.

This is the first time a retrospective of Rothko's paintings have been staged in Portland, although his first museum exhibition was hosted by the Portland Art Museum from 1933 to 1934.