This watercolor shares a subject with a canvas of c. 1934, Untitled (girl with pigtails) (fig. 1). Rothko’s wife Edith reportedly favored a long braid. This work is a variation on a subject that Rothko had treated slightly earlier: a woman combing her hair (fig. 2).
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