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Lot Closed

March 7, 05:11 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Details



1903 - 1970


signed Mark Rothkowitz

ink on paper

Sheet: 8 by 10 in. (20.3 by 25.4 cm.)

Framed: 12½ by 14⅜ in. (31.7 by 36.2 cm.)

Executed circa 1932/33.

The following work is being considered for inclusion in the forthcoming Mark Rothko Online Resource and Catalogue Raisonné of works on paper, compiled by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This drawing of a nude belongs to the period of Mark Rothko’s career preceding the abstract expressionistic “multiforms” for which he would enter the pantheon of twentieth century art. Indeed, the artist signed the work Mark Rothkowitz, as it was only in 1940 that he would abbreviate his name to ‘Rothko’, which was a reaction to anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. In the early 1930s, Rothko was one of the artists under the tutelage of Milton Avery, a group that included Adolph Gottlieb and Barnett Newman. The present work depicts a lounging nude, with rapid brushstrokes surrounding the figure conveying an energy that would translate to Rothko’s later works.