[Head of a woman, three studies]

Medium
Support
Dimensions
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.7 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
H 8.6
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.504.b. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
Related Works on Paper
[Untitled]

[Untitled]

1941/1942

1986.56.521
[Bust of a woman, two studies]

[Bust of a woman, two studies]

1941/1942

1986.56.501.a
[Head of a woman, two studies]

[Head of a woman, two studies]

1941/1942

1986.56.504.a
Remarks
This drawing is one of a small series of studies Rothko made of women with a hairstyle popular in the 1940s in the United States and Britain known as a victory roll, a moniker alluding to the aerial maneuvers of World War II warplanes and to Allied war support efforts in general. Rothko appears to have relied on these drawings as preparatory studies for a watercolor (see Related Works on Paper) and a related oil painting (fig. 1).
1. Mark Rothko, Heads, 1941/1942, oil on canvas, 20 x 28 in., The Estate of Edith Carson, © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. [Anfam 186]
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