Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Mark Rothko, American (Dvinsk, Russia 1903 - 1970 New York, NY)
Untitled (Study for Harvard Murals)
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Tempera on purple construction paper
actual: 18.3 x 15.4 cm (7 3/16 x 6 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 3
Mark Rothko; to the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., New York, New York, 1970, gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums, 1986.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
© Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Eliminating the Obstacles between the Painter and the Observer: the Mark Rothko Foundation, 1976-198, Mark Rothko Foundation (New York, NY, 1986?), p. 54

Marjorie B. Cohn, ed., Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals, Center for Conservation Studies, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1988), pp. 35, 36, 38, 46, repr. p. 47; fig. 27; infrared repr., fig. 23; det. fig. 24

Mark Rothko, exh. cat., Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona, Spain, 2000), repr. p. 125 (color)

Mark Rothko: "A Consummated Experience between Picture and Onlooker", exh. cat., Hatje Cantz Publishers [Fondation Beyeler] (Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany [Basel, Switzerland], 2001), no. 85, repr. (color)

Oliver Wick, Mark Rothko: Works on Paper 1930-1969; Herbert Matter and Kurt Blum: Two Swiss Photographers Encounter Mark Rothko, exh. cat., Galerie Beyeler (Basel, 2005), p. 30, note 34

Annie Wilker and Jens Stenger, "A Technical Analysis of the Materials Used in Mark Rothko's Mural Studies" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2008), Unpublished, passim

Exhibition History

Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/06/1988 - 10/02/1988

Mark Rothko, Fundació Joan Miró, 08038 Barcelona, 11/25/2000 - 01/28/2001; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 02/18/2001 - 04/29/2001

Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 07/26/2015

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