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Inscription

upper center reverse: Mark Rothko / 22 W 52 / The Omen / $100; lower right reverse, sideways: MARK ROTHKO / 1943

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
1943
Small in Size, Gallery of Modern Art, New York, 1943, no cat.
1978
Mark Rothko, 1903-1970: A Retrospective, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1978, no. 27.
1993
Extended loan for use by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1993-
Bibliography
1988
Polcari, Steven. "Mark Rothko: Heritage, Environment, and Tradition." Smithsonian Studies in American Art 2, no. 2 (1988): 44, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 293, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 216, repro.