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A work made of watercolor with re-wetting and blotting on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper, pieced.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with re-wetting and blotting on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper, pieced.

Date:

1910

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Here Marin created a compelling celebration of monumental architecture in a small format. He stationed himself in Central Park, facing the Plaza Hotel, and selected a true watercolor paper that would hold up to heavy applications of water and pigment. He did not rely on an initial pencil drawing, but instead worked quickly and loosely, tamping his brush repeatedly to capture the effect created by the hotel’s hundreds of shimmering windows. Leaving many areas of the paper white to show through his varied marks, Marin approximated the way the eye might move rapidly across such a scene. Later he attached an extra strip of paper along the bottom edge to denote activity on the street, making the Plaza seem more distant and emphasizing its height.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Building

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1910

Medium

Watercolor with re-wetting and blotting on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper, pieced

Inscriptions

Signed lower left, in graphite: “John Marin”

Dimensions

161 × 126 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1956.367

Copyright

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

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