Rothko used this drawing as the source for a canvas, Untitled (sculptress), a view of a woman, most likely the artist’s wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981), working on a sculpture that sits atop a pedestal (fig. 1). In the mid-1930s, Edith studied sculpture at the New York School of Arts and Trades with Aaron Goodelman (1890–1978). Rothko painted her sculpting in two additional canvases (figs. 2, 3), and several of his works on paper depict women sculpting (see Related Works on Paper).
Mark Rothko: Works on Paper will ultimately document approximately 2,600 works from public and private collections worldwide. Cataloging is ongoing, and works and information will be added to the site during the coming years.