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Deer Isle

John Marin

American Art

One of John Marin’s favorite pictorial devices was the use of abstract “framing” lines, set at angles around the central motif both to contain it and to convey the vibration of natural energies contained within it. Derived from the prismatic Cubist abstractions pioneered in the early teens by the European painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, these design elements enhanced the modernist character of Marin’s sketchy landscape compositions.
MEDIUM Watercolor on white, very thick, rough textured wove paper
DATES 1914
DIMENSIONS 15 1/16 x 19 in. (38.3 x 48.3 cm) Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed near right edge, lower center, in blue watercolor: "Marin '14"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed verso upper center, in pencil: ' "Deer Isle" Me.'; verso bottom, in pencil: ' Kearns *44092 "Marin" '
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION John Marin (American, 1870–1953). Deer Isle, 1914. Watercolor on white, very thick, rough textured wove paper, 15 1/16 x 19 in. (38.3 x 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.150.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.150.3_cropped_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.150.3_cropped_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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