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Inscription

lower right: MARK ROTHKO; upper right reverse: 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
1946
Possibly Sixth Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Members of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors and Guest Artists, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, travelling exh. to 5 other venues, 1946-1947, no. 32, as Archaic Image.
1997
Extended loan for use by Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C., 1997-2001.
Bibliography
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 302, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 275, repro., as Archaic Image [?] {Untitled}.