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Through the Window, Venice

A work made of etching, selectively wiped, on cream japanese paper.
© 2018 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of etching, selectively wiped, on cream japanese paper.

Date:

1907

Artist:

John Marin
American, 1870-1953

About this artwork

In rendering this Venetian scene, Marin guided the viewer’s eye toward the high horizon by obscuring the gondolas in the foreground with a film of ink. In some impressions, he clearly used his fingers to remove areas of plate tone and employed his fingernails to create linear marks in the ink; this hands-on approach would quickly find its way into his watercolor practice as well. Marin’s nuanced, lively surfaces can be understood as his homage to the experimental printing techniques of Whistler, yet they also reveal early signs that he was forging ahead of the work of his predecessor.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Marin

Title

Through the Window, Venice

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1907

Medium

Etching, selectively wiped, on cream Japanese paper

Inscriptions

Signed, recto, lower right, in graphite: "John Marin"; lower center, in the plate: "marin/ 07"; inscribed, lower right, in the plate: "Pa la Fenétre/ Venezia"; botom center, in graphite: " B58 Through the Window Venice"; bottom right, in graphite: "7-1944-189"

Dimensions

Plate: 19.9 × 14 cm (7 7/8 × 5 9/16 in.); Sheet: 24.6 × 17 cm (9 11/16 × 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.910

Copyright

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

Extended information about this artwork

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