lower left: KLINE '40; lower right: SWISE; across top reverse, the artist's initials in monograph within a circle: BAR ROOM PAINTING / 1940 / FK
Commissioned 1940 by the owner of the Bleeker Street Tavern, New York; removed from the tavern by 1961; (The Contemporaries, New York); purchased by Ian Woodner [1903-1990], New York; by inheritance to his daughter, Dian Woodner, New York; gift 2014 to NGA.
- Franz Kline: Bar Room Paintings: 1940, The Collector's Gallery, New York, 1961, no. 1.
- Joselow, Evie T. "The Early Work of Franz Kline: The Bleeker Street Tavern Murals, 1940." PART 9 (Spring/Summer 2004; on-line Journal of the Graduate Center, CUNY, Ph.D. Program in Art History).