New York Skyline, Boats in Foreground

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

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  • A work made of watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, tan wove paper (right and lower edges trimmed).

Date:

c. 1910

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

This view of New York looks southwest from the Manhattan Bridge over the East River and its wharves. Marin began with a pencil sketch, taking care that major structures like the tall, domed spire of the Singer Building would be recognizable. He then applied dilute washes of blues and purples to the lightweight sketchbook sheet, carefully preserving the crisp outlines of his drawing. He intended it to serve as a model and marked the sheet with the color notations “yellow sky” at upper right and “green” at lower left. This study, sketched on the spot, became the basis for a more fully realized watercolor that the artist finished with an orange sun and dots of orange across the sky.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

New York Skyline, Boats in Foreground

Origin

United States

Date

1905–1915

Medium

Watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, tan wove paper (right and lower edges trimmed)

Dimensions

254 × 330 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1956.371

Copyright

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

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