| 15 November, 2015 11:09
The photos of students' works shown below are not all great. A couple were too fuzzy to make work. The photographer will improve!
Here are the class notes on Marin handed out in class:
John Marin 1870-1953
- 80% of works are watercolor paintings
- Painted in his youth, but “launched his career” at age 35.
- Favorite themes: cityscapes and nature. Very few portraits and still lifes
- Went to Europe and painted in the Tyrolean Alps in 1910
- Arthur Stieglitz mounted a show of his works at 291 gallery in NYC in 1910 and remained a lifelong friend and supporter. Other American artists he represented: Georgia O'Keeffe, whom he married, Arthur Dove, another watercolors we'll look at , Thomas Hartley, and Charles Demuth.
- Largely self-taught
- Liked to paint in series at a frenetic pace -often, 4/day
- A real affinity exists between his etchings and calligraphic marks in watercolor
- His paintings are often cropped with geometric edges or bands of loose color which “suggest the indistinct peripheral field of vision that insulates and steadies our attention.”
- The perimeter treatment “lends a sense of depth and focus to the central image, and alludes to the cognitive and visceral turmoil that is always at the margins (and under the surface) of the world we see.” (Quotes from Bruce MacEvoy)