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upper right reverse: Aquatic Drama / 1946 / MARK ROTHKO

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 1986 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1978
Mark Rothko, 1903-1970: A Retrospective, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1978-1979, no. 59, repro. (shown only in New York).
1987
Mark Rothko 1903-1970, The Tate Gallery, London; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1987-1988, no. 23 (London catalogue), no. 8 (Madrid catalogue), no. 20 (Cologne catalogue), repros.
1994
New York: A Magnet for Artists, Toyko Metropolitan Art Museum, 1994, no. 113, repro.
1995
Les figures de la liberté [mille neuf cent quarante-cinq], [1945 or the Figures of Freedom - New Artistic Expressions of the Immediate Period After World War II], Musée Rath, Geneva, 1995-1996, no. 135, repro.
1998
Sea Change, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, 1998, unnumbered catalogue, pl. 12.
2003
Mark Rothko: A Centennial Celebration, State Museum of Art, Riga; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2003-2004, unnumbered brochure.
2005
The Art of Mark Rothko: Selections from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Museo de Arte Moderna, Mexico City; Hong Kong Museum of Art; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 2005-2006, brochures, no. 12, repro.
2012
Mark Rothko, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2012, no catalogue.
2012
Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, 1940-1950, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Denver Art Museum; The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 2012-2014, no. 24, repro.
Bibliography
1979
Goddard, Donald. "Rothko's Journey into the Unknown." Art News 78 (1979): 36-40.
1983
Weiss, Jeffrey. "Science and Primitivism: A Fearful Symmetry in the Early New York School." Arts Magazine 57 (1983): 84, repro.
1987
Iglesias, Jose Maria. "Mark Rothko: Una Plegaria Silenciosa." Formas Plasticas 21 (1987): 30, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 307, repro.
1993
Wood, Paul. Modernism in Dispute: Art Since the Forties. New Haven, 1993: 36, repro.
1997
American Art (Summer 1997): 133, fig. 27.
1997
Eldredge, Charles C. "Wet Paint: Herman Melville, Elihu Vedder, and Artists Undersea." American Art 11, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 108-135, fig. 27.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 312, repro.