Lot 10
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John Marin 1872 - 1953

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • John Marin
  • New York No. 2
  • signed Marin and dated '25, l.r.
  • watercolor on paper
  • sight: 25 ¼ by 20 ¾ in.
  • (64.1 by 52.7 cm)


Estate of the artist
Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1990
Acquired from the above, circa 1990s


London, England, The Waddington Galleries, John Marin, Retrospective Exhibition of Watercolors, October 1963, no. 19, illustrated


Sheldon Reich, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, Tucson, Arizona, 1970, no. 25.62, p. 554, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Marin found the spontaneity of watercolor to be the ideal medium for capturing his subjects, be they the skyscrapers of New York, the wooded landscapes of New Jersey or the sailboats of Maine.  He was primarily concerned with the color and pattern of the world around him and used watercolor to express the rhythm of his surroundings.  Sheldon Reich writes about the artist's many views of New York, "Despite variations in form and intent, the manner of Marin's New York pictures is set for the rest of this decade [1920s] and well into the next. ... [They] all deal with geometric division of space that becomes more elaborately geometric with time.  Marin again concerened himself with the speed and tempo of the city as defined by the repetition of motifs, and blurring of forms, and the liberal use of dynamic diagonals ..." (John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, vol. II, 1970, p. 173).