About This Artwork

Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz)
American, born Russia (Latvia), 1903–1970

Untitled (Painting), 1953/54

Oil on canvas
265.1 x 298.1 cm (104 3/8 x 117 3/8 in.), unframed
Not inscribed on recto; signed and dated: verso: "Mark Rothko / 1954" (center left in orange paint)

Friends of American Art Collection, 1954.1308

© 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

“Annual Report 1954–1955” (Art Institute of Chicago, 1955), n.pag., as “Untitled.”

“Recent Additions to the Twentieth Century Collection,” “The Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly” 49, 2 (April 1, 1955), pp. 23–24, as “Untitled.”

“Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago” (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 404.

“Instituto de Arte de Chicago,” El mundo de los museos (Madrid: Editorial Codex, 1967), pp. 15 (ill.), 79 (color ill.).

James N. Wood, “Treasures of 19th- and 20th-Century Painting: The Art Institute of Chicago” (Abbeville Press, 1993), p. 305 (color ill.).

David Anfam, “Mark Rothko, The Works on Canvas: A Catalogue Raisonné” (National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press, 1998), cat. 500 (color ill.).

Miguel López-Remiro, “Mark Rothko: Writings on Art” (Yale University Press, 2006), pp. 104–07.

Ownership History

Sold by the artist, New York, to the Art Institute, 1954.

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