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Spring Rains

A work made of watercolor with blotting and wiping, and with charcoal, on thick, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (lower and left 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 blotting and wiping, and with charcoal, on thick, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (lower and left edges trimmed), in original frame.

Date:

1918

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

This work, painted in Rowe, Massachusetts, demonstrates how Marin persevered with his unorthodox watercolor practice, quickly becoming confident in manipulating charcoal with watercolor washes. The black media allowed him to emphasize selected contours and pick out the tiny forms nestled in the distant landscape. When the charcoal came into contact with particularly wet applications of watercolor, it diffused, producing elegant, spontaneous effects that recall the fluidity of his Tyrolean watercolors. Here Marin did away with hard lines; the resulting softness communicates a compelling sensation of lush dampness, even conjuring the heady organic scent brought about by spring showers.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Spring Rains

Origin

United States

Date

1918

Medium

Watercolor with blotting and wiping, and with charcoal, on thick, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (lower and left edges trimmed), in original frame

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower left, in watercolor over charcoal: "Marin 18"; inscribed verso, lower left corner, in graphite: "Stieglitz (est) #12 / 16 5/16 x 19 7/16”

Dimensions

420 × 496 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.558

Copyright

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

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