Rocks and Sea: Small Point, Maine

Rocks and Sea: Small Point, Maine

1931

John Marin

(American, 1870–1953)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 65.4 x 80.6 x 6.4 cm (25 3/4 x 31 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 56.2 x 71 cm (22 1/8 x 27 15/16 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1956.361

Did you know?

In a poll of art critics held in 1948 by Look magazine, Marin was named “America’s Artist No. 1.”

Description

Primarily a watercolorist, Marin did not start working with oil paints in earnest until he was 60 years old. This vigorously rendered scene focuses on white-capped waves colliding against the rugged contours of shoreline. The artist found Maine endlessly captivating, describing it as "one fierce, relentless, cruel, beautiful, fascinating, hellish, and all other ish'es place."

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