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Untitled (Green and White)

A work made of watercolor and charcoal with stumping, and with charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all 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 and charcoal with stumping, and with charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), in original frame.

Date:

1917

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

All of the Art Institute’s watercolors by Marin painted between 1917 and 1926 contain charcoal, which the artist employed to summon a range of tonal and textural effects. Here he drew an economical, linear design and used a rag or stump to disperse the charcoal, creating a smooth gray tone. He dragged his brush, wet with water or pale green wash, over other charcoal marks, spreading the material in a broad halo around the initial line. While watercolor manuals warned against using charcoal in combination with the aqueous medium because of the likelihood of smearing, Marin embraced the unconventional effects he could achieve by manipulating the two media in tandem.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Untitled (Green and White)

Origin

United States

Date

1917

Medium

Watercolor and charcoal with stumping, and with charcoal wash, on thick, slightly textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), in original frame

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right corner, in graphite, “Marin 17”; inscribed verso, center of left edge, in blue pencil: ”6" (encircled)

Dimensions

370 × 430 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.557

Copyright

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

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