|Pertaining to Fifth Avenue and Forty-Second Street John Marin, 1933|
On this day in 1870 the American modernist painter, John Marin (1870-1953), was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. Marin was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, spent a few years searching for his muse in Europe, then returned to his home country where he exhibited his work at the famous Armory Show of 1913. A decade later he had attracted the attention of major collectors including Duncan Phillips whose world-renowned collection of modern art would form the core of the Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C.
I was introduced to Marin's work when David Grimsted - one of the finest teachers ever at the University of Maryland - took his history class to the Phillips for an exploration of American culture through the artist's eye. Not sure how much history was absorbed that day but I left with an appreciation of John Marin's work and it's still going strong after 45 years.
|The Sea, Cape Split, Maine John Marin, 1931|
How to paint the landscape: First you make your bow to the landscape. Then you wait, and if the landscape bows to you, then, and only then, can you paint the landscape.
|Brooklyn Bridge John Marin, 1913|
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