This sheet of sketches was folded in half, most likely by Rothko, given that the orientation of the drawings on the left side of the sheet is opposite to the orientation of the drawings on the right side. The upside-down drawing at the lower right on this sheet—depicting a small figure, possibly a boy, playing paddle ball—shares a subject with an untitled oil painting from this period (fig. 1). Paddle ball is a single-player game utilizing a hard racquet attached to a small rubber ball with elastic string that was developed in the 1920s and enjoyed popularity throughout the 1930s and beyond.
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.