Around 1932/1933, Rothko treated the subject of a man and woman seated in close proximity and seemingly absorbed in each other. A canvas of that date, The Proposal, depicts a man with a receding hairline, his head resting on his hand, gazing attentively at a woman with her hair in a chignon (fig. 1). Rothko met Edith Sachar (1912–1981) in the summer of 1932; they married in November of that year. Biographical facts, coupled with the title of the related painting, suggest that this watercolor might be dated to the early months of their relationship.
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.