Mar 10, 2009

Tree and Sea, Maine

Tree and Sea, Maine


John Marin

(American, 1870–1953)

Watercolor on thick wove paper

22.9 x 29.8 cm (9 x 11 3/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1937.514


Did you know?

In 1915, Marin bought a small island off the coast of Small Point Harbor, Maine.


By 1919, Marin was a summer regular in Maine where he continued to find inspiration for his experiments in watercolor. This composition focuses on an evergreen tree, which he often highlighted as a symbol of steadfastness amid a harsh and changing environment. Unusually realistic in terms of palette, Marin nevertheless played with the abstract shapes of the rising hill, horizon, and sea in this composition.

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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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