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Ocean and Rocks

A work made of watercolor with charcoal and stumping, and charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (lower and right edges trimmed), in original frame.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with charcoal and stumping, and charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (lower and right edges trimmed), in original frame.

Date:

1917

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

In 1917 Marin painted some of the most abstract watercolors of his career, influenced in part by an exhibition that year of Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolors of simplified natural forms. In this and related works, the artist developed a nontraditional technique: he manipulated charcoal with a rag, which he rubbed and wiped through a semidry charcoal wash. Painting a mixture of powdered charcoal and dilute black watercolor over pale washes, he wiped horizontal and circular marks to suggest rock formations. The charcoal particles in the wash clumped as the wash dried, leaving a gritty pattern as they settled into the valleys of the textured paper. Marin’s choice of a stepped frame enhances the dynamism of water washing across rocks.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Ocean and Rocks

Origin

United States

Date

1917

Medium

Watercolor with charcoal and stumping, and charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (lower and right edges trimmed), in original frame

Dimensions

420 × 495 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.556

Copyright

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

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