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A Rolling Sky, Paris, After Storm

A work made of watercolor with rewetting, wiping, and blotting, over touches of graphite, ruled in graphite, on lightweight, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed).
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with rewetting, wiping, and blotting, over touches of graphite, ruled in graphite, on lightweight, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed).

Date:

1908

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

One of 15 watercolors that Marin showed at the 1908 Salon d’Automne in Paris, this early work was also included in his first exhibition at Stieglitz’s Little Galleries of the Photo Secession (known simply as 291) in the spring of 1909. A view of barges along the Seine River at the Petit Pont, the watercolor is crowned by gradually dissipating gray and purple storm clouds. Fragile beams of sunlight begin to break through, creating a mood balanced between ominous and hopeful. The artist harnessed his color palette to subtly communicate the feelings associated with a departing storm: touches of pink and yellow indicate that the worst is over, while darker and cooler washes capture the lingering aura of the deluge.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

A Rolling Sky, Paris, After Storm

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1908

Medium

Watercolor with rewetting, wiping, and blotting, over touches of graphite, ruled in graphite, on lightweight, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed)

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower left corner, in graphite, “Marin 8”; lower right, in gray watercolor, “Marin/ 08”; inscribed upper right corner, in graphite, “v 8.”; along top edge, erased graphite inscription

Dimensions

341 × 401 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.552

Copyright

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

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