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West Forty-Second Street from Ferryboat

A work made of watercolor with wiping, blotting, and scraping, and with black colored pencil, black crayon, and graphite, on moderately thick (estimated), slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed) perimeter mounted to wood-pulp board faced with cream wove paper, in original frame.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with wiping, blotting, and scraping, and with black colored pencil, black crayon, and graphite, on moderately thick (estimated), slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed) perimeter mounted to wood-pulp board faced with cream wove paper, in original frame.

Date:

1929

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Marin’s interest in internal framing devices became increasingly significant in his watercolors of the 1920s. This large sheet, much admired and exhibited during the artist’s lifetime, captures the waterfront through a window on the Weehawken Ferry. Marin painted the upper edge to resemble a rolled canvas window covering, employing a playful trompe l’oeil manner. Equally improvisational is the artist’s inclusion of a pink mountain range beyond the New York skyline, which equates nature’s grand peaks and valleys with the soaring towers and narrow canyons of the urban landscape.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

West Forty-Second Street from Ferryboat

Origin

United States

Date

1929

Medium

Watercolor with wiping, blotting, and scraping, and with black colored pencil, black crayon, and graphite, on moderately thick (estimated), slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed) perimeter mounted to wood-pulp board faced with cream wove paper, in original frame

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right, in blue watercolor, over graphite: “Marin 29”

Dimensions

549 × 663 mm; 583 × 753 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.568

Copyright

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

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