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.
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.