DescriptionJOHN MARIN (American, 1870-1953)
Shapes--Colors, Delaware Country, Pa., 1916
Watercolor on card stock
16-1/4 x 19-1/4 inches (41.3 x 48.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Marin 16
Alfred Stieglitz, New York;
Edith Halpert, New York;
The Downtown Gallery, New York, 1963.
DG, "Abstract Painting in America, 1903-23", March 27- April 21, 1962;
SUI, "Vintage Moderns", May 24 - August 2, 1962, no. 33;
The University of Arizona Art Gallery, Tucson, "John Marin 1870-1953", February 9-March 10, 1963, no. 16;
The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, "Art on Paper", 1975.
The University of Arizona, John Marin 1870-1953, Tucson, 1963, cat. no. 16, p. 11.
S. Reich, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonne, Tucson, Arizona, 1970, p. 423, no. 16.41, illus.
During the course of the second decade of the 20th century, John Marin became recognized for his abstract landscapes rendered most often in watercolor. As Sheldon Reich noted in his essay that accompanied the 1963 John Marin exhibition in Tucson where the present work was shown, Marin devised his own pictorial language to express his view of nature. "Upon the large forms of earth, water and sky, deftly and luminously brushed in, Marin suggests their planes without becoming involved with modeling in the traditional sense. Most important is the calligraphy that plays against these broad color areas--here suggesting trees, there, waves, and always symbolic of the movement inherent within the scene. Often these lines become pure symbols of force and tension. For Marin, nature was a precarious balance between warring parts, and the task of the artist was to bring these factors together in some kind of equilibrium without losing the life-enhancing quality imparted by these opposing forces."
Paper has been adhered to artists board/illustration board, pin-hole pricks to the lower left and right corners, 1/8" dent in the lower center edge, colors slightly faded, otherwise good condition.
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