[Untitled]

1986.56.321
Medium
Support
Dimensions
11 1/16 x 8 9/16 in. (28.1 x 21.7 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
H 23.4
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.321. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Related Works on Paper

[Untitled]

c. 1962

1986.56.639

[Harvard murals study]

1962

1986.56.631

[Untitled]

c. 1962

1986.56.641
Remarks
The ink stain on the lower edge of this sheet links this drawing to three other untitled drawings closely related in style and facture (see Related Works on Paper), indicating that all were made on sheets, possibly contiguous, from the same sketchpad. The stains derive from ink from the lower edge of another drawing from the pad, [Untitled], when it was created. Another of the drawings, [Untitled], is a study for the Harvard murals and was likely done by Rothko in the early months of 1962, when he reportedly began work in earnest on the cycle [James E. B. Breslin, Mark Rothko: A Biography (Chicago and London, 1993), 649n19; Karyn Esielonis, “The History of Rothko’s Harvard Murals,” in Marjorie B. Cohn, ed., Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals (Cambridge, 1988), 12n13]. The related ink stains point to the probability of synchronous execution.
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