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Inscription

on vertical crossbar member reverse: 1962 / sketch / for / Mural / H; on horizontal crossbar member reverse, inverted: MR.

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
1971
Mark Rothko, Kunsthaus Zurich; Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Museum Roymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1971-1972, no. 53, repro.
1989
Rothko Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1989, no cat.
1991
Loan for display with permanent collection, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1991-2003.
2012
Mark Rothko, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2012, no catalogue.
Bibliography
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 325, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 732, repro.