[Dancing woman]

1986.56.627
Medium
Support
Dimensions
23 7/8 x 17 7/8 in. (60.6 x 45.4 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
R 5
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.627. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
While at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, Rothko was friends with Augusta Kirshner (1908–2005), who later moved to New York City where she studied and danced with Martha Graham [Daily Argus (Mount Vernon, NY), September 9, 1940]. For most of the 1930s, she taught dance at the Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YWHA) of Mount Vernon, New York. Rothko taught art classes to children and adults at the same YWHA in 1930 and 1931 [Daily Argus (Mount Vernon, NY), October 1, 1930]. It is possible that the dancer portrayed in this drawing and a closely related one, [Dancer], is Augusta Kirshner.
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