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A work made of watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, cream wove paper, laid down on white wove card.
© 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, cream wove paper, laid down on white wove card.

Date:

1910

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

A new addition to the topography of downtown New York was the Trinity Building, occupying a full block between Broadway and Trinity Place. This massive tower was ornamented in the Gothic style, which Marin took pains to detail in the careful pencil sketch he made on this sheet. Later, perhaps indoors, he added light washes to the skyscraper’s facade to give it solidity, yet he realized the thin sketchbook paper would support neither heavier applications of paint and water nor scraping and heavy wiping. Instead, he communicated a sense of energy by lightly skipping the tip of his brush, loaded with blue, purple, and yellow pigments, across the bottom of the sheet. With these simple, nonobjective marks, Marin conjured the dynamism of the street.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Building

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1910

Medium

Watercolor and graphite on lightweight, smooth, cream wove paper, laid down on white wove card

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right, in graphite: "Marin"; inscribed verso, upper center of secondary support, in graphite: “501=” [encircled]

Dimensions

355 × 254 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1956.386

Copyright

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

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