[Dancing woman]

Medium
Support
Dimensions
23 13/16 x 17.9 in. (60.5 x 45.6 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
12.1
Collection
Collection of Christopher Rothko. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Related Works on Paper
[Dancing woman]

[Dancing woman]

1932/1933

1986.56.627
[Dancing woman]

[Dancing woman]

1932/1933

1986.56.630
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, October 1, 1930]. It is possible that the dancer portrayed in this drawing, and a pair of closely related drawings, is Augusta Kirshner (see Related Works on Paper).
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