By John Logan. Co-produced by Melbourne Theatre Company & Queensland Theatre Company. Playhouse, QPAC. 27 April ─ 19 May 2013.
Some artists suffer for their art more than others. Irving Stone’s novel, The Agony and the Ecstasy, dealt with Michelangelo’s anguish. In the mid-20th century American abstract painter Mark Rothko led a similarly plagued career, according to playwright John Logan.
Rothko came from a poor Latvian family that migrated to the US where, in his middle years, Rothko’s talent was recognised during the Abstract Expressionism era. His paintings sold well but he developed two personality traits that marred his life: