About this artwork
In the summer of 1927, Marin commenced a large series of Deer Isle watercolors. Like others in the series, this angular composition features rectilinear subdivisions of forms. A rooflike border at the top unifies the moody sky and harbor. To preserve a sense of lively crispness, the artist used black colored pencil for the preliminary sketch and moderated his use of overlapping painted and drawn lines. He also allowed this sheet to remain more literal and descriptive than other watercolors in the series. Marin may have worn himself out—or exhausted his subject—with this Deer Isle project. He stayed in Stonington for the last time the following year and then spent two summers away from the sea, working near Taos, New Mexico.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- John Marin
- Deer Isle, Maine, probably Movement No. 12—Boats and Pertaining Thereto
- United States
- Watercolor with black pencil on moderately thick, moderately textured, off-white wove paper (top and right edges trimmed)
- 1°: in brown wash, LRC: “Marin 27” verso: -in black pencil, ULC: “12” / mat black going to gray to white / broad (est.) with ragged / white [?] next to picture” -in graphite, center: “Deer Isle ME, / 1927” -in graphite, LR: “NCC” -in graphite, UCL: “69=” (encircled) -in graphite, LRC: “think I prefer white mat / thin silver/ gray mat / silver mat” - in graphite, LRC: “3” [encircled] -in graphite, then erased, LL: “900” [encircled] 2°: 3°: Frame: did AIC remat this and .268? Signed "Marin 27" lr Inscribed on the original frame backing board [1 of 2 panels]: Left, inscribed on The Downtown Gallery label, in black print and type: "ARTIST JOHN MARIN NO. 21/12 / TITLE DEER ISLE, MAINE DATE 1921 / MEDIUM WATERCOLOR SIZE 17 x 13 1/4 S. P. $1400. / THE DOWNTOWN GALLERY - 32 E. 51st St., New York" Upper center edge, inscribed on original frame backing board, in graphite: "69 =" [encircled] Right, inscribed on original frame backing board, in graphite: "Deer Isle Me. / 1927" [the "M" mostly concealed by brown adhesive tape] Right, inscribed on original frame backing board, in graphite: "17 x 13 1/4" Inscribed on the original frame backing board [2 of 2 panels]: Left, inscribed on The Downtown Gallery label, in black print and type: "ARTIST JOHN MARIN NO. 27/8 / TITLE DEER ISLE, MAINE DATE 1927 / MEDIUM WATERCOLOR SIZE 17 x 13 1/4 S. P. / THE DOWNTOWN GALLERY - 32 E. 51st St., New York;" conceals another inscription, on original frame backing board, in graphite with indiscernible characters Center, inscribed on the original frame backing board, stamped in black: "PERIDOT FRAMES / 820 MADISON AVE. / NEW YORK CITY 21, N. Y."
- 335 x 440 mm
- Gift of Leo S. Guthman
- © 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York