On the other side of this sheet is a watercolor of a wharf in Gloucester, Massachusetts, that Rothko almost certainly painted during the summer of 1934 when he and his wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981) vacationed there with the Averys—Milton (1885–1965), Sally, and March—and Esther and Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974). Rothko probably painted this interior scene of a girl or woman on a high-backed cabriole sofa subsequently, possibly after his return to Brooklyn, New York, at the end of the summer of 1934. The number assigned during Rothko’s inventory of 1968/1969, which erroneously signifies a creation date of 1925–1927, was inscribed on the other side of the sheet, indicating the artist’s preference for the portrait on this side.
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.