[Untitled]

1986.56.639
Medium
Support
Dimensions
11 1/16 x 8 9/16 in. (28.1 x 21.7 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
H 23.2
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.639. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Related Works on Paper
[Harvard murals study]

[Harvard murals study]

1962

1986.56.631
[Untitled]

[Untitled]

c. 1962

1986.56.641
[Untitled]

[Untitled]

c. 1962

1986.56.321
Remarks
Distinctive ink stains on three untitled drawings closely linked in style and facture to this one (see Related Works on Paper) indicate that the four drawings were made on sheets, possibly contiguous, from the same sketchpad. The stains probably derive from wet ink along the lower edge of the current drawing when it was created. One of the quartet, [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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