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reverse, on original right vertical crossbar: M.R.; reverse, on original horizontal crossbar, inverted: 1959


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 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History

Mark Rothko, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2012, no catalogue.
The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades; Cleveland Museum of Art; Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, 2012-2013 (shown only in Cleveland).
Mark Rothko [German title: Mark Rothko: Dramaturg der Form], Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2019.


Kellein, Thomas. Mark Rothko: Kaaba in New York. Exh. cat. Kunsthalle, Basel, 1989: 79, repro.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 323, repro., as Untitled (Seagram Mural).
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 653, repro., as Untitled [Seagram Mural for End Wall Sketch].

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