Sailboat and Sea

A work made of watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, ivory wove paper.
© 2015 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, ivory wove paper.

Date:

1945

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

For Marin the late 1940s and early 1950s brought inevitable challenges and sadness, including old age, heart problems, the death of his wife of more than three decades in February 1945, and the loss of his friend Stieglitz to a fatal stroke the following summer. Yet it was also a period of increasing recognition that included his two-room solo exhibition at the 1950 Venice Biennale and growing acclaim abroad as a result of international exhibitions. In his artistic practice, the “ancient mariner” (as he referred to himself) continued bravely on his course of experimentation, with oil painting claiming much of his attention and energy. Yet he also worked in watercolor, and some slight, rapidly executed examples such as this suggest that he may have used the familiar medium as a spontaneous respite from the greater effort and paraphernalia required for oil paintings.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Sailboat and Sea

Origin

United States

Date

1945

Medium

Watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, ivory wove paper

Dimensions

312 x 432 mm (max)

Credit Line

Estate of Helmuth Bartsch

Reference Number

RX18301

Copyright

© 2015 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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