John Marin Abstract Drawing - "Delaware River Near Lambertville, New Jersey," Mid-century Modern American
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John Marin
"Delaware River Near Lambertville, New Jersey," Mid-century Modern American

1950

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John Marin (1870 - 1953) Delaware River Near Lambertville, New Jersey, No. 3, 1950 Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper 9 3/4 x 14 inches Signed and dated lower right: Marin 50' Provenance: The artist Estate of the above Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York Doyle, New York, 24 May 2005, Lot 163 Private Collection, New York (probably acquired from the above) Literature: S. Reich, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, vol. II, Tucson, Arizona, 1970, p. 780, no. 50.12, illustrated. Exhibited: New York, Kennedy Galleries, Inc., John Marin: Paintings and Watercolors 1940 to 1953, November 4 - 25, 1989, no. 30, illustrated. “You will never see watercolors like these of John Marin again so take a good look and remember, and if you are a painter, don't try to cope with the style because the style in this case is several times the man, love of life, love of work, love of nature and the love of the enormous privilege…" -Marsden Hartley He is to America what Paul Cezanne was to France - an innovator who helped to oppose the influence of the narrative painters, the illustrators who were more interested in subject than form, in surface than substance. Marin brought to his work a combination of values which, at the turn of the century, was unique in this country: an aliveness of touch, colors that have both sparkle and solidity, and forms that are vibrant with an energy characteristic of our age. John Marin was born in Rutherford, New Jersey in 1870. At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Students League in New York City, where Marin studied, neither the teaching ideas of Thomas Anschutz nor those of William Merritt Chase had a decisive influence on his work nor did Marin’s time in Paris. As a watercolorist he had no equal. He used this fluid, spontaneous medium to abstract from objects - skyscrapers, boats, mountains and seas - a simplified anatomy of color and form and to define the pulsation of stresses and movements in the relationship of objects. It was a great disappointment, all his life that his oil paintings did not achieve the popularity that his watercolors did. From 1905 to 1910 he worked in Europe, where he was influenced by Whistler's watercolors. It was Alfred Stieglitz, Marin's lifetime friend and dealer, whose firm faith in his genius made his position in the art world possible. The legendary Stieglitz gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue was always responsive to advanced forays in art. Stieglitz represented such artists as Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Oscar Bluemner, and Marsden Hartley, all of whom became Marin's friends. Marin developed a distinctive style that he used most characteristically in powerful watercolors of the Maine coast. During the 1920s he provided the dominant force in the movement away from naturalistic representation towards an art of expressive semi-abstraction. For just as his preferred medium was watercolor on paper, the predominant subject matter of his art was nature. Indeed, the notion of an American artist exploring American themes, intending to establish a distinctively American mode of paintings, was exceedingly important to him. John I.H. Baur wrote of Marin, "There is no close echo in his work of the defined European movements. He stands as a pioneer of a distinctly American modernism." An independent spirit, Marin developed his own unique pictorial language. Renaissance perspective was too restricted for Marin and Cubism too scientific. He evolved a crystalline shorthand technique which he used with great certainty to set down the spirit of the moment and with a surging vitality that seemed to deny its poetic derivation. He did not seek to convey geological or meteorological data; rather he summed up a state of primordial drama. His passages of sharp edges and linear violence created a feeling of scale and movement that identified the scene but reconstructed it in a new pictorial syntax. His work was shown in the much-chronicled Armory Show of 1913 and, before the next decade was out, Henry McBride ranked him with the "great". In May 1951, Clement Greenberg referred to Marin as the "greatest living American painter". Wide recognition of Marin, during his lifetime and posthumously, is evidenced by the many exhibitions of his work - over 350 exhibitions during his lifetime. He was honored, in 1924 by a one-man exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1936 by a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Marin is currently represented in virtually every major museum in the United States. Well up to the time of his death at the age of eighty-three, John Marin kept himself busy at his easel, turning out work as spirited and buoyant as it was at the start.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 10 in. x W 14 in.H 25.4 cm x W 35.56 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU115624581712
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