[Woman seated at table]

13 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (34.9 x 25.7 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.197. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
This is likely an image of Edith, Rothko’s wife, at her worktable. During the mid-1930s Edith Sachar (1912–1981) studied sculpture at the New York School of Arts and Trades with Aaron Goodelman (1890–1978). Rothko painted her practicing the art in three canvases, two of which depict the table in the current work (figs. 1, 2). The form at the left edge of the table may be a sculpture in the early stages of development. Rothko matted this watercolor for presentation, but it is not signed, making it unlikely that it was exhibited. The number assigned during Rothko’s inventory of 1968/1969 erroneously signifies a creation date of 1925–1927 for this work.
[Woman seated at table]
1. Mark Rothko, Untitled (Sculptress), 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 28 3/4 in., Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 53]
[Woman seated at table]
2. Mark Rothko, Sculptress, 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 21 1/2 in., Collection of Christopher Rothko, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 54]