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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
1950
Mark Rothko, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1950, no cat.
1961
Mark Rothko: A Retrospective Exhibition, Paintings 1945-1960, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, October-November 1961, no. 10, repro.
1961
Mark Rothko, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, November-December 1961, no. 10.
1961
Mark Rothko, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, January-March 1961, unnumbered catalogue.
1962
Mark Rothko, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, 1962, no. 10, repro.
1962
Mark Rothko, Kunsthalle Basel, 1962, no. 10.
1962
Mark Rothko, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1962, no. 7.
1962
Mark Rothko, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1962, no. 10.
1971
Mark Rothko, Kunsthaus Zurich; Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Museum Roymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1971-1972, no. 17, repro.
1972
Mark Rothko, Hayward Gallery, London, 1972.
1972
Mark Rotkho, Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1972, no. 12, repro.
1978
Mark Rothko, 1903-1970: A Retrospective, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1978, no. 87, repro.
1983
Mark Rothko 1949: A Year in Transition / Selections from the Mark Rothko Foundation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1983, no. 4, repro.
1986
The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Haags Gemeemtemuseum, The Hague, 1986-1987, unnumbered catalogue, fig. 6.
1987
Mark Rothko 1903-1970, The Tate Gallery, London; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1987-1988, no. 30 (London catalogue), no. 14 (Madrid catalogue), no. 26 (Cologne catalogue), repros.
1989
Rothko Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, North Carolina Museum, Raleigh, 1989, no cat.
1990
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 1990-1991.
1991
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York, 1991.
1992
Another World, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery, Mito, Japan, 1992-1993, no catalogue number, repro. 22, 47.
1992
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Savannah, 1992.
1993
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Art Musuem of South Texas, Corpus Christi, 1993.
1993
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, 1993.
1993
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Salina Art Center, Kansas, 1993.
1994
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, Indiana, 1994.
1994
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Marsh Gallery, University of Richmond, Virginia, 1994.
1994
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY, 1994.
1994
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, Wisconsin, 1994.
1995
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), San Diego Musuem of Art, 1995.
1995
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 1995.
1996
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 1996.
1996
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Palm Springs Desert Museum, California, 1996-1997.
1996
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), St. John's Museum of Art, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1996.
1996
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), The Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 1996.
1997
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, 1997.
1997
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Midland Center for the Arts, Michigan, 1997.
1997
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, 1997.
1997
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1997.
1998
Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 1998.
2003
Mark Rothko: A Centennial Celebration, State Museum of Art, Riga; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2003-2004, unnumbered brochures.
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. 16, repro.
Bibliography
1950
Krasne, Belle. "Mark of Rothko." Art Digest 24 (1950): 17.
1972
Lacoste, Michel Conil. "La transcendance de Rothko." Le Monde (1972): 13.
1977
Panicelli, Ida. Introduction in Mark Rothko: Mostra Didattica. Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Palazzo Te, Mantua, 1977: 12.
1979
Fujieda, Teruo. "Special Feature: Mark Rothko." Mizue 888 (1979): 51, repro.
1983
Ashton, Dore. About Rothko. New York, 1983: fig. 5.
1987
Gallego, Julian. "Mark Rothko: El color hecho espiritu." ABC de las Artes 1 (1987): 13, repro.
1987
Popovici, Cirilo. "Mark Rothko, en torno." Batik (1987): 9, repro.
1988
Kolberg, Gerhard. "Mark Rothko: Meditationsbilder." Kolner Museums-Bulletin 1 (1988): 27, repro.
1988
Polcari, Steven. "Mark Rothko: Heritage, Environment, and Tradition." Smithsonian Studies in American Art 2, no. 2 (1988): 51, repro.
1989
Chave, Anna C. Mark Rothko: Subjects in Abstraction. New Haven, 1989: fig. 10.
1991
Grunenberg, Christoph. Mark Rothko. Washington, D.C., 1991: 13-14, fig. 11.
1991
Polcari, Stephen. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience. Cambridge, Massacusetts, 1991: 140, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 316, repro.
1994
Journey into the Masterpieces: Adventures in Modern Art. Tokyo, 1994: 115, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 414, repro.