Mountain Forms, New Mexico

A work made of watercolor with black crayon on moderately thick, moderately 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 with black crayon on moderately thick, moderately textured ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), in original frame.

Date:

1930

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Marin’s interpretation of this landscape incorporates rectangles, circles, and triangles that take the image to the point of essential abstraction. The structure of the composition is severely flattened, the foreground marked by shrubs and the background by mountain peaks; sandwiched in between, are earth-colored geo-metric planes marked with dots and lines referencing fields and plant life. Drawing on the decorative vocabulary that he discovered in indigenous Southwestern pottery, blankets, and jewelry, Marin incorporated pyramids, triangles, and zigzag patterns to establish borders that hold his dynamic composition in check.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Mountain Forms, New Mexico

Origin

United States

Date

1930

Medium

Watercolor with black crayon on moderately thick, moderately textured ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), in original frame

Dimensions

350 x 460 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.570

Copyright

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

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