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Inscription

lower right: Mark Rothko; upper left reverse, sideways: MARK ROTHKO; upper left reverse: MARK ROTHKO / OLYMPIAN PLAY

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
Oils and Watercolors by Mark Rothko, San Fransisco Museum of Art, 1946, no cat.
2008
American Artists from the Russian Empire, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow; San Diego Museum of Art, 2008-2010, no. 96, repro.
Bibliography
1983
Ashton, Dore. About Rothko. New York, 1983: 88, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 296, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 228, repro.