This sketch depicts a woman, possibly Rothko’s wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981), seated at a low worktable and handling clay or some other sculpting material. In the mid-1930s, Edith studied sculpture at the New York School of Arts and Trades with Aaron Goodelman (1890–1978). Rothko painted Edith sculpting in three canvases (figs. 1–3), and several of his works on paper depict women sculpting, including one in which a low worktable appears.
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