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Marin John   New York from Ferry_edited.

John Marin

American Artist (1870-1953)

'New York City from the Ferry'

Watercolor on paper dated 1914

18 x 19 in.

Exhibited in Alfred Steiglitz's gallery An American Place and the Kennedy Galleries




Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.; Fogg Art Museum, Boston.  

Marin initially studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Art under William Merritt Chase, followed by the Art Students League in New York.  His travels to Europe gave him exposure to the burgeoning modern art movements, and his studies at the Paris academy allowed him to master a watercolor technique which allowed him to achieve an abstract ambiance, with colors that ranged from transparency to translucency.  He contrasted this painterly style this with strong opacities and linear elements,  thereby creating a pictorial surface that conveyed a great sense of freedom and which became one of his trademarks.

In 1909, Marin had a highly successful one man show at the Alfred Steiglitz gallery in New York, and Steiglitz continued to support Marin by exhibiting his work every year until his death.  Marin participated in the landmark Armory Show in 1913, and the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. gave him a retrospective in 1936.

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