Inscription: Signed and dated (verso): MARK ROTHKO/1969
the artist, New York (1969–d. 1970; his estate, consigned to Marlborough Gallery, New York, 1970–77; returned to the artist's estate, 1977–79; transferred in 1979 to the Rothko Foundation); The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., New York (1979–85; gift to MMA)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist," June 1, 1978–January 14, 1979, no. 7 (as "Brown and Gray," lent by a private collection).
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. "Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper, Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 4, 1995, no. 63.
Madrid. Fundación Juan March. "Expresionismo Abstracto: Obra Sobre Papel, Colección The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York," May 9–July 2, 2000, no. 58.
Eliza E. Rathbone inAmerican Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist. Exh. cat.1978, pp. 244–46, no. 7, fig. 3, colorpl. 28.
Donald M. Blinken et al. Eliminating the Obstacles Between the Painter and the Observer, The Mark Rothko Foundation: 1976–1986. [New York], , p. 55.
Lisa M. Messinger in "Twentieth Century Art." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1985–1986. New York, 1986, ill. p. 59.
Diane Waldman. Mark Rothko in New York. New York, 1994, pp. 29, 32, no. 46, ill. (color).