[Reclining man with pipe]

8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
H 10.6
National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.308. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
This may be a self-portrait: the high forehead, receding hairline, round eyeglasses, and pipe are all elements shared with a 1933 portrait of Rothko by Milton Avery (1885–1965) and a self-portrait of a few years later (figs. 1, 2). If it is a self-portrait, its unusual format has few if any precedents in the history of art.
[Reclining man with pipe]
1. Milton Avery, Portrait of Mark Rothko, 1933, oil on canvas, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, The Albert Pilavin Collection.
[Reclining man with pipe]
2. Mark Rothko, Self-Portrait, 1936, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 25 3/4 in., Collection of Christopher Rothko, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 82]