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Inscription

upper left reverse: MARK ROTHKO / 1959; reverse, on original vertical crossbar: 1959 / Mural / Sketch; 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
1978
Mark Rothko: The 1958-1959 Murals, The Pace Gallery, New York, 1978, brochure, repro.
1989
Mark Rothko: Kaaba in New York, Kunsthalle Basel, 1989, unnumbered catalogue, 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).
Bibliography
1979
Ashton, Dore. "Rothko's Passion." Art International 22 (February 1979): 13, repro.
1984
Clearwater, Bonnie. Mark Rothko: Works on Paper. New York, 1984: 44, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 322, repro., as Mural Sketch.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 649, repro., as Mural Sketch [Seagram Mural Sketch].