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Watercolor on thick wove paper
Sheet: 41.5 x 36.6 cm (16 5/16 x 14 7/16 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1950.87
© Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Though Marin Island became a painterly escape for the artist, it had no source of water and was not habitable for Marin’s family.
Marin bought a small island off the coast of Maine, but never lived there due to its lack of running water. However, it provided the site for numerous watercolors during his first summers in Maine. He anchored this work’s rainbow palette with a pool of dark green in the center, one of the few elements that grounds the composition in space. The playful blue flicks in the sky suggest something nonrepresentational, such as light, or energy.
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