Around 1924/1925 Rothko worked as a bookkeeper for his relative Samuel Nichtberger, CPA and tax attorney. This head is drawn on Jurisprudence Bond paper with ruled margins like those often used in accounting firms, suggesting the mid-1920s as the earliest likely date for this work. Stylistically, however, it does not differ markedly from other ink drawings that can be responsibly dated to the early 1930s.
Mark Rothko: Works on Paper will ultimately document approximately 2,600 works from public and private collections worldwide. Cataloging is ongoing, and works and information will be added to the site during the coming years.