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Blue Sea (recto); Sheet of Sketches (verso)

A work made of watercolor with fabricated charcoal on (recto), and watercolor and charcoal wash with rewetting, blotting, and wiping with touches of grphite over charcoal (verso), on thick, rough-textured, off-white wove paper (top and right edges trimmed).
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with fabricated charcoal on (recto), and watercolor and charcoal wash with rewetting, blotting, and wiping with touches of grphite over charcoal (verso), on thick, rough-textured, off-white wove paper (top and right edges trimmed).

Date:

1923

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

In this watercolor from the summer of 1923, Marin looked down over steep ledges studded with rock pine toward the harbor and islands below. He painted with overlapping transparent washes, employing little to no reworking, rewetting, or blotting. The artist used clear water, floating it into adjacent washes along the perimeter to achieve a hazy frame. Strikingly, he superimposed a structure of emphatic horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines painted with a wide brush and blue watercolor. The effect is fencelike, suggesting that Marin might have been painting on a railed porch or the top level of a dock leading down to the water.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Blue Sea (recto); Sheet of Sketches (verso)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1923

Medium

Watercolor with fabricated charcoal on (recto), and watercolor and charcoal wash with rewetting, blotting, and wiping with touches of grphite over charcoal (verso), on thick, rough-textured, off-white wove paper (top and right edges trimmed)

Dimensions

354 × 437 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.563

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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