MARK ROTHKO | UNTITLED (RECLINING NUDE)
1903 - 1970
UNTITLED (RECLINING NUDE)
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 work is in fair condition overall. The work is hinged along the corners of the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet. There is minor discoloration consistent with the age of the work. There are some minor scattered creases, notably a hairline crease to the lower left corner, visible upon close inspection. The work has been removed from its original backingboard and has some minor areas of filling throughout the sheet, notably in the upper left quadrant near the upper edge, in the lower left quadrant beneath the figure's foot, and in the upper right quadrant on the extreme edge and in the upper right corner, visible upon close inspection. Minor restoration has been done to stabilize minor tears, notably to the lower right and upper left corners as well as along the right edge, visible upon close inspection. There is a minor abrasion with associated minor losses to the paper along the right side. Matted but not framed.
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Private Collection, Los Angeles
Butterfields, San Francisco, 23 April 2002, Lot 6068
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
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.