This watercolor 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). This watercolor appears to depict one of the harbor’s many wharfs. Rothko rented a house on Calder Street, East Gloucester, about half a mile from Smith Cove, the center of the city’s fishing industry.
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