The number assigned during Rothko’s inventory of 1968/1969 signifies a creation date of 1968 for this work, but technical and stylistic comparison with similar works indicates that this work was more likely made in 1959. This work is on a drawing board—a premounted sheet of watercolor on a stiff backing board—made by J. Whatman. Untitled is also on the same type of drawing board.
Mark Rothko: Works on Paper will ultimately document approximately 2,600 works from public and private collections worldwide. Cataloging is ongoing, and works and information will be added to the site during the coming years.