upper right reverse: MARK ROTHKO; lower left, inverted: MARK ROTHKO / #2 #2 1947
The artist [1903-1970]; his estate; consigned 1970 to (Marlborough Gallery, Inc., New York); transferred 1977 back to the artist's estate; transferred 1979 to The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., New York; gift 1986 to NGA.
- Possibly Mark Rothko: Recent Paintings, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1948.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 311, repro.
- Anfam, David. Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven and London, 1998: no. 361, repro.