This scene was likely painted during the summer of 1933, when Rothko and Edith Sachar (1912–1981), who married in November 1932, visited Portland, Oregon, and spent time camping and painting in Forest Park in the Tualatin Mountains west of the city. This watercolor stylistically resembles other landscapes Rothko probably painted in Portland during the summer of 1933, including the one on the other side of this sheet. The loose cancellation marks in black crayon indicate that Rothko must have favored the other side. Another painting was made from the same vantage point as the present work albeit in a different medium (see Related Works on Paper).
Mark Rothko: Works on Paper will ultimately document approximately 2,600 works from public and private collections worldwide. Cataloging is ongoing, and works and information will be added to the site during the coming years.