The Red Sun, Brooklyn Bridge

A work made of watercolor with opaque watercolor, scraping, and wiping, and fabricated charcoal with stumping, on thick, rough-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 opaque watercolor, scraping, and wiping, and fabricated charcoal with stumping, on thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed).

Date:

1922

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

This celebrated image of the Brooklyn Bridge is probably Marin’s first full-scale realization of this iconic subject in watercolor. Made from a vantage point on the bridge itself, this work highlights the strong diagonal lines of the suspension cables, through which we see an intense, vibrating red sun. As the artist explained, he endeavored to paint pictures that would recapture the emotional experience of what he called the city’s “pull forces.” Here he did this through a kinetic interplay of line and color, using complementary color relationships and an extraordinary range of unorthodox methods for applying paint—such as the blue dots at right, which were stamped directly from the tube—to keep the eye in perpetual motion.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

The Red Sun, Brooklyn Bridge

Origin

United States

Date

1922

Medium

Watercolor with opaque watercolor, scraping, and wiping, and fabricated charcoal with stumping, on thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed)

Inscriptions

1°: none

Dimensions

542 x 665 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.561R

Copyright

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

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