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Ragged Island, Maine

A work made of watercolor with rewetting and blotting, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and left edges trimmed), in original frame.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with rewetting and blotting, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and left edges trimmed), in original frame.

Date:

1914

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

This aptly named island—a mound of stone, pine, and rocky cliffs in Northeast Casco Bay, just a few miles west of Small Point, Maine—prompted Marin to move away from the literal representation of space. Without differentiating cliff from shoreline, the tipped-up composition provides no perspective, generating a sense of vertigo held in check by a peaceful blue sea. The sea was created by adding excess blue, then tilting the paper, encouraging the wash to pool and dry along the rocks. Marin emphasized the flat patterning of the composition by selecting a wide, flat frame for this work.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Ragged Island, Maine

Origin

United States

Date

1914

Medium

Watercolor with rewetting and blotting, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, off-white wove paper (top and left edges trimmed), in original frame

Dimensions

420 × 497 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.555

Copyright

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

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