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Inscription

upper right reverse, sideways: MARK ROTHKO / 1958; reverse, on original horizontal crossbar: M.R.

Provenance

The artist [1903-1970]; his estate; consigned 1970 to (Marlborough Gallery, Inc., New York); transferred 1977 back to the artist's estate;[1] transferred 1979 to The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., New York; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1994
New York: A Magnet for Artists, Toyko Metropolitan Art Museum, 1994, no. 119, repro.
2003
Mark Rothko: The Mural Projects, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2003-2007.
2008
Rothko: The Late Series, Tate Modern, London; Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura-shi, Japan, 2008-2009, unnumbered checklist, repro. (Sakura only).
2012
Mark Rothko, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2012, no catalogue.
Bibliography
1989
Kellein, Thomas. Mark Rothko: Kaaba in New York. Exh. cat. Kunsthalle, Basel, 1989: 43, 70, two repros.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 321, repro., as Untitled (Seagram Mural).
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 634, repro., as Sketch for Mural [Seagram Mural Sketch].