A devoted modernist, landscape painter, and watercolorist, John Marin created compositions of partial forms—the essential elements of a view—using a rough charcoal sketch and passages of directionally applied watercolor washes that together suggest light and movement. He routinely allowed substantial areas of the paper support to remain unpainted—a technique that was usually less successful in his oils, in which he left areas of unpainted canvas exposed.
Watercolor and charcoal on cream, thick, rough textured wove paper
Sheet: 19 3/8 x 16 3/8 in. (49.2 x 41.6 cm)
Frame: 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (76.2 x 61 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Marin 17"
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal
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John Marin (American, 1870-1953). Pine Tree, 1917. Watercolor and charcoal on cream, thick, rough textured wove paper, Sheet: 19 3/8 x 16 3/8 in. (49.2 x 41.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 70.147. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.147_PS2.jpg)
overall, 70.147_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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There is a faint charcoal sketch on verso.
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