Rothko used this drawing as the source for a pair of watercolors (figs. 1, 2). The suburban subject of the trio of works is similar to a painting by Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974) of Rockport Road in Rockport, Massachusetts (fig. 3). It is possible that Rothko made this drawing and the related watercolors while he and his wife Edith Sachar (1912–1981) were vacationing in Gloucester, Massachusetts, during the summer of 1934.
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