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Sea, Green and Brown, Maine

A work made of watercolor with wiping and scraping, and with opaque watercolor, over graphite, on medium-weight (estimated), moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp board faced with ivory wove (estimated) paper, gilt with silver leaf, and backed with dark red wove paper, in original frame.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with wiping and scraping, and with opaque watercolor, over graphite, on medium-weight (estimated), moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp board faced with ivory wove (estimated) paper, gilt with silver leaf, and backed with dark red wove paper, in original frame.

Date:

1937

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

This unusually somber watercolor must have been painted indoors on a dark day or possibly at nightfall, when the sea appeared almost black. Marin captured this view from the glass porch of the Cape Split house at high tide, when the large triangular rock known as the tide marker was barely visible; the tip of a coastal ledge juts into the picture at the left. The artist here used directional wiping, blending in opaque watercolor. Movement and brightness were introduced by scraping away pigment to reveal the white paper, conjuring the breaking surf playing about the submerged rocks.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Sea, Green and Brown, Maine

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1937

Medium

Watercolor with wiping and scraping, and with opaque watercolor, over graphite, on medium-weight (estimated), moderately textured, ivory wove paper (all edges trimmed), laid down on wood-pulp board faced with ivory wove (estimated) paper, gilt with silver leaf, and backed with dark red wove paper, in original frame

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right corner, in watercolor over graphite: ”Marin 37”

Dimensions

Sheet: 38.7 × 53.4 cm (15 1/4 × 21 1/16 in.); Secondary support: 42.7 × 56.6 cm (16 13/16 × 22 5/16 in.); Mount: 50.3 × 64.3 cm (19 13/16 × 25 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.571

Copyright

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

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