[Two women with sculpture]

Dimensions
15 1/2 x 12 in. (39.4 x 30.5 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
N 99
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.571. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
Edith Sachar (1912–1981), Rothko’s wife, studied sculpture at the New York School of Arts and Trades during the mid-1930s with Aaron Goodelman (1890–1978). Rothko painted her practicing the art in three canvases (figs. 1–3), and several of his works on paper depict women sculpting (see Related Works on Paper). The subject of this interior scene appears to show two women on either side of a worktable that supports a clay head, perhaps in the process of being sculpted.
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]
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]
3. Mark Rothko, Untitled (sculptress), 1934/1935, oil on canvas, 32 1/16 x 23 7/8 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.43.46. [Anfam 63]
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