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Nudes in the Forest

A work made of watercolor and graphite on tan wove paper.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor and graphite on tan wove paper.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Marin’s nudes have been described as his response to the nude bathers of European modernists, principally Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Yet they were also highly personal symbolic fantasies. Marin referred to his nude models as “real angels” and added, almost protectively, “My clotheless ladies are so camouflaged with the landscape or seascape.” In this painted sketchbook sheet, Marin enclosed his female figures in a protective space that he filled with greenery, trees, and other natural symbols.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Nudes in the Forest

Origin

United States

Date

1935–1945

Medium

Watercolor and graphite on tan wove paper

Dimensions

140 × 204 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Meg and Mark Hausberg in honor of Martha Tedeschi

Reference Number

2010.350

Copyright

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

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