In the late 1920s, he met the modernist painter
Milton Avery, whose simplified and colorful depictions of domestic subjects
had a profound influence on Rothko's early development, particularly
his application of paint and treatment of color. Avery's home became a meeting place for artists, who attended
weekly life drawing sessions there. Bernard Karfiol, an instructor
at the Art Students League, included Avery and Rothko in Group Exhibition: Artists Selected by Bernard Karfiol,at the Opportunity Gallery in 1928.