[Woman on blue love seat]

1986.56.604
Dimensions
11 1/16 x 8 7/8 in. (28.1 x 22.5 cm)
Inscription
Lower right in white paint: M Rothkowitz
Estate/Inventory Number
O 6
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.604. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
This watercolor is closely related to the artist’s oil painting The Proposal (fig. 1). It likely depicts Edith Sachar (1912–1981), whom Rothko married in November 1932. David Anfam suggests that The Proposal is autobiographical and portrays Edith and the artist [Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas (Washington, DC, and New Haven, 1998), 42n34].
1. Mark Rothko, The Proposal, 1932/1933, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.43.25. [Anfam 27]
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