Rothko used this drawing as the source for a pair of watercolors (see Related Works on Paper). The suburban setting of the trio of works is similar to that in a painting by Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974) of Rockport Road in Rockport, Massachusetts (fig. 1). 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, along with Gottlieb, Milton Avery (1885-1965), and their families.
1. Adolph Gottlieb, Untitled (Rockport Road), c. 1936, oil on Masonite, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.
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