[Sculptor]

1986.56.182
Medium
Support
Dimensions
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
W 451
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.182. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
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).
1. Mark Rothko, Untitled (sculptress), 1934/1935, oil on canvas, 32 1/16 x 23 7/8 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.43.46. [Anfam 63]
2. Mark Rothko, Untitled [Sculptress], 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 28 3/4 in., Collection of Kate Rothko Prizel, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 53]
3. Mark Rothko, Sculptress, 1933/1934, oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 21 1/2 in., Collection of Christopher Rothko, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 54]
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