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lower right: M Rothko; upper left reverse: 1936 - MARK 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
1938
Possibly The Ten: Whitney Dissenters, Mercury Galleries, New York, 1938, checklist no. 15, as Conversation.
1986
The Window in Twentieth-Century Art, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1986-1987, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
1993
Extended loan for use by Richard Aaron, U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, 1993-1997.
2007
Mark Rothko, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich; Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2007-2008, no. 6 (English and German cats.), repro.
2009
Extended loan for use by Vice President Joseph Biden, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 2009-2015.
2019
Mark Rothko [German title: Mark Rothko: Dramaturg der Form], Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2019.
Bibliography
1938
Lowe, Jeannette. "Whitney Dissenters Hold Their Own Exhibition." Art News 38 (1938): 15.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 291, repro.
1994
Against the Stream: Avery, Gottlieb, and Rothko in the 1930's. Exh. cat. Katonah Museum of Art, New York, 1994: 29, repro.
1998
Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 102, repro., as Conversation [?] {Untitled}.
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