Circus Elephants

A work made of watercolor with scraping and wiping, and with opaque watercolor, graphite and black crayon, on medium-weight, slightly textured, cream laid paper.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of watercolor with scraping and wiping, and with opaque watercolor, graphite and black crayon, on medium-weight, slightly textured, cream laid paper.

Date:

1941

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

Among Marin’s favorite subjects in the 1930s and 1940s was the circus, a theme he worked on both in the city and at Cape Split. An avid circus visitor, he enjoyed the spectacle and sketching the animals. Marin loved the elephants most, responding to the dignity and grandeur of their movements. He began this watercolor by drawing the creatures and their surroundings with graphite and crayon. He then painted the forms with transparent watercolor, returning to add black crayon for the deepest lines. Painted, drawn, and subtracted diagonal marks conjure the effect of spotlights. The soft effect of wiping also contributes to the overall impression of dust hanging in the illuminated air, enhancing the artist’s evocation of heat, smells, and sounds.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Circus Elephants

Origin

United States

Date

1941

Medium

Watercolor with scraping and wiping, and with opaque watercolor, graphite and black crayon, on medium-weight, slightly textured, cream laid paper

Inscriptions

1°: LRC, black crayon: ’Marin 41” [formerly 42] s.l.r. Marin '41

Dimensions

489 x 630 mm

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection and Robert A. Waller Fund

Reference Number

1949.609

Copyright

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

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