Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Great American Artist John Marin

John Marin (American, 1870-1953)
Movement VI, 1946
oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in. 
John Marin was one of the foremost American abstract painters, giving rise to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the early 20th Century. Marin is well known for his innovative use of the watercolor medium, creating a unique blend of realism and abstraction in his depictions of American scenery. Late in his career, Marin began to focus on the oil medium, which became the basis of further artistic experimentation for him. In the book John Marin by John Marin, edited by Cleve Gray, Marin states, "Using paint as paint is different from using paint to paint a picture. I'm calling my pictures this year 'Movements in Paint' and not Movements of Boat, Sea, or Sky, because in these new paintings -- although I use objects -- I am representing paint first of all, and not the motif primarily." This approach is evident in Movement VI, as is the artist's masterful and inventive use of color.

During his life, Marin’s work was continuously shown at Alfred Stieglitz’s famed 291 Gallery, known for introducing America to many important 
avante-garde artists such as Rodin, Matisse, and Picasso. Marin participated in the seminal Armory Show in 1913, and was subsequently honored with exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1924, and the Museum of Modern Art in 1936. Today Marin’s works can be found in many prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and also in the Green Room of the White House.

Movement VI will be featured in our upcoming exhibition at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, January 12-15. Please contact us for pricing or any additional details.

art@cavaliergalleries.com or 212.570.4696