[Bathers on the beach]

Date
Dimensions
8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. (22.5 x 30.2 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
O 1
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.601. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
This watercolor of two female bathers was almost certainly painted in Gloucester, Massachusetts, during the summer of 1934 when Rothko and his wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981) vacationed there with the Averys—Milton (1885–1965), Sally, and March—and Esther and Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974). This watercolor relates to contemporaneous figural groups of semiclad or nude females that Rothko painted on canvas (figs. 1–3).
1. Mark Rothko, Untitled (three girls in a landscape), 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 24 x 32 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.43.41. [Anfam 45]
2. Mark Rothko, Bathers, 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 21 x 27 in., Collection of Christopher Rothko, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 46]
3. Mark Rothko, Untitled (three nudes), 1933/1934, oil on black cloth, 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.43.94. [Anfam 47]
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