12 1/4 x 15 in. (31.1 x 38.1 cm)
Estate/Inventory Number
O 20
National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.56.607. © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko
This watercolor of a wharf was almost certainly painted in Gloucester, Massachusetts, during the summer of 1934 when Rothko and his wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981) vacationed there with the Averys—Milton (1885–1965), Sally, and March—and Esther and Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974). Rothko rented a house on Calder Street, East Gloucester, about half a mile from the working wharfs of Smith Cove in Gloucester Harbor, the center of the city’s gill-net fishing industry.