John Marin ( American, 1870 - 1953 )

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General Description

Fascinated by the rural landscape, John Marin has abstracted the environment in rhythmic strokes, allowing both paint and the naked canvas itself to define the composition. Bathers dates from the period in Marin’s career when he began to use oil in addition to watercolor.

Excerpt from

William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2005.

Fun Facts

  • John Marin began using oil paint more often in in the late 1920s because he felt it was better suited to depicting the ocean, which he loved to paint during his summers in Maine.

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