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Buildings, One with Tower

A work made of watercolor with blotting and scraping, over graphite, on medium-weight, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp laminate board.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with blotting and scraping, over graphite, on medium-weight, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp laminate board.

Date:

1910

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Here Marin positioned himself looking south on Broadway toward Saint Paul’s Chapel and the Singer Building. He abandoned his earlier staccato, dotted application of color; instead, he chose a paper of heavier weight and texture and used more water, forsaking any preliminary graphite guide and allowing his washes to bleed into one another as in the Tyrol watercolors painted in the summer of 1910. Marin’s encounters with modern New York were intensified by his discussions about art with Stieglitz at 291. There he became acquainted not only with Stieglitz’s atmospheric photographs, but also with those of Edward Steichen and others in their circle whose emotive pictures of clouds, rain, snow, and steam encouraged him to pay attention to observation under different environmental conditions, as explored in this sheet.

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Artist

John Marin

Title

Buildings, One with Tower

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1910

Medium

Watercolor with blotting and scraping, over graphite, on medium-weight, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp laminate board

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right, in blue watercolor: "Marin"; inscribed verso center of secondary support, in graphite: "40/42"; lower center, possibly by Stieglitz: "Marin/1910/AS"; lower edge: "John Marin Buildings, One With Tower 1910 Stieglitz Collection"; lower right corner: "6" [encircled]; stamped lower right, in blue ink: "CONDITION REPORT MADE" and in graphite "2/28/78"; upper left corner, in graphite: "2 x 2 x ?"; "22’" (?) [encircled]; "EL" (?)

Dimensions

533 × 357 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1956.382

Copyright

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

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