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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 15.5 cm (7 3/16 x 6 1/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
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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Dogear crease at l.r.c., waterspot u.l.c.

Publication History

  • Bonnie Clearwater, Mark Rothko: Works on Paper, Hudson Hills Press (New York, NY, 1984), no. 52, repr.
  • 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. 31, 36, 52; repr. p. 53; fig. 25
  • 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. 83, 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Mural Studies" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2008), Unpublished, passim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: Works on Paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 05/06/1984 - 08/05/1984; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 11/03/1984 - 01/06/1985; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 05/02/1985 - 06/16/1985; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 11/22/1985 - 01/13/1986; Portland Art Museum, Portland, 02/09/1986 - 04/06/1986; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 05/04/1986 - 06/29/1986; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 07/18/1986 - 09/01/1986; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, 09/19/1986 - 11/09/1986
  • 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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