Born Marcus Rothkowitz on September 25.
Rothko’s family emigrates to the United States and settles in Portland, Oregon.
Graduates Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, and enrolls at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on a scholarship.
Drops out of Yale and moves to New York.
Studies at the Art Students League under Max Weber.
Participates in a group exhibition with Milton Avery and Louis Harris at Opportunity Galleries in New York.
Meets Adolph Gottlieb.