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The Little Tree, Maine

A work made of watercolor with rewetting and touches of blotting, on thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed).
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with rewetting and touches of blotting, on thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed).

Date:

1914

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Marin’s unique working process is already apparent in watercolors painted in Maine during his first summer there. Here he communicated his joy in topography and textures; the sense of airy sunshine is conjured by juxtapositions of warm and cool colors. Skipping the preliminary drawing in graphite, he used painted lines to describe contours and map out the relationship of forms. He worked slowly on a sheet of paper laid flat and allowed the pooled areas of pigment to dry thoroughly, preserving their clean edges to create a distinctly Japanist effect. This watercolor offers a portrait of a legendary weathered tree—a long-needled pitch pine—growing on a small island off West Point.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

The Little Tree, Maine

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1914

Medium

Watercolor with rewetting and touches of blotting, on thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed)

Dimensions

359 × 415 mm

Credit Line

Wilson L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1926.483

Copyright

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

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