[Multiple studies: subway, beach, racquet sports, and others]

Medium
Support
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
W 237
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.74. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Remarks
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.
1. Mark Rothko, Untitled (man with racket and ball), 1939, oil on gesso board, 8 15/16 x 11 7/8 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko, 1986.56.658. [Anfam 168]
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