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Inscription

upper left reverse: MARK ROTHKO / 1969; on original horizontal crossbar member: M. 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
1971
Rosc '71: The Poetry of Vision, An International Exhibition of Modern Art from Outside Ireland and Viking Age Art, Royal Dublin Society, 1971, no. 111, repro.
1985
Mark Rothko: The Dark Paintings 1969-70, The Pace Gallery, New York, 1985, repro. 29.
1987
Mark Rothko 1903-1970, The Tate Gallery, London; Fundación Juan March, Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1987-1988, no. 86 (London catalogue), no. 48 (Madrid catalogue), no. 62 (Cologne catalogue), repros.
1995
Mark Rothko, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba-ken; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art; Nagoya City Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1995-1996, no. 55, repro.
1998
Mark Rothko, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1998-1999, no. 66 (Paris cat.), repro. (shown only in Paris).
2014
Tutankhamen, Caravaggio, Van Gogh. La sera e i notturni dagli Egizi al Novecento [Evening and Nocturnals from the Ancient Egyptians to the 20th Century], Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, 2014-2015, no. 104, repro.
Bibliography
1987
Bonet, Juan Michel. "Mark Rothko: La pintura al limite." Diario 16 (1987): repro.
1988
Haase, Amine. "Mark Rothko/Joseph Marioni." Kunstforum International 94 (1988): 263, repro.
1989
Chave, Anna C. "Mark Rothko-Subjects in Abstraction." Art and Design 5, no. 11/12 (1989): 48, repro.
1989
Chave, Anna C. Mark Rothko: Subjects in Abstraction. New Haven, 1989: 179, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 328, repro.
1992
Martin, Jennifer, and Claude Massu. L'art des Etats-Unis. Paris, 1992: 571, repro.
1994
Beckett, Wendy. The Story of Painting: The Essential Guide to the History of Western Art. London, 1994: 370, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 820, repro.