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Pine Tree

John Marin

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Watercolor and charcoal on cream, thick, rough textured wove paper
DATES 1917
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Marin 17"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION There is a faint charcoal sketch on verso.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 70.147_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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