Spring (Montbarbin)

A work made of watercolor with blotting and rewetting, on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and lower edges trimmed).
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with blotting and rewetting, on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and lower edges trimmed).

Date:

1909

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Shown at Stieglitz’s New York gallery in 1910, this delicate yet energetic work is one of several landscapes that Marin painted in the Seine-et-Marne region east of Paris. Set among lush rolling meadows, the distant village of Montbarbin was rendered by staining wet paper with pale washes of green-gray and pink. The artist used stronger washes to suggest the contours of rocks and boulders in the foreground, and rapid brushstrokes to indicate the movement of air and clouds. Marin completed this watercolor by dabbing shapes in a darker gray wash on the left with a crumpled rag, approximating the fluttering leaves of a small tree. These untethered blots seem to be borne aloft by the energy of buffeting breezes.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Spring (Montbarbin)

Origin

United States

Date

1909

Medium

Watercolor with blotting and rewetting, on lightweight, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and lower edges trimmed)

Dimensions

353 × 433 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1956.378

Copyright

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

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