The motif in the lower portion of this drawing appears to relate to a passage (right of center) in an untitled canvas dated to 1941/1942 (fig. 1); the anatomical elements in the upper portion of this drawing also call to mind the same canvas and another of the same period entitled Crucifix (fig. 2). A variety of versions of the motifs also appear in a group of works on paper (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.