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upper center reverse: Personage Two MARK ROTHKO / 1946

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
1986
Jung and Abstract Expressionism: The Collective Image among Individual Voices, Hofstra Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, 1986, unnumbered catalogue.
1987
Mark Rothko 1903-1970, The Tate Gallery, London; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1987-1988, no. 22 (London catalogue), no. 7 (Madrid catalogue), no. 19 (Cologne catalogue), repros. (shown only in London and Cologne).
1993
Extended loan for use by Richard Aaron, U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, 1993-1997 (withdrawn temporarily for 1995-1996 loan to Musée Rath, Geneva).
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. 140, repro.
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. 25, repro.
Bibliography
1989
Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 76-77, repro. 77, 79.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 305, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 310, repro.