This scene may have been painted during July 1932, when Rothko camped at Hearthstone Point near the southern end of Lake George, New York. It is also possible that it was painted during the summer of 1933, when Rothko visited Portland, Oregon, and spent time camping and painting in Forest Park in the Tualatin Mountains west of the city. He appears to have relied on this work when painting a larger watercolor (fig. 1) that stylistically resembles other landscapes Rothko likely painted in Portland during the summer of 1933.
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