Sheet: 41.4 x 36.1 cm (16 5/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
© Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.136
John Marin returned repeatedly to the site in Maine where he made this watercolor, each time portraying through color, paint handling, perspective, and movement his spontaneous experience of the place.
One of America’s most important watercolorists, John Marin repeatedly challenged accepted ideas about what the medium could do, taking an improvisational approach to color, paint handling, perspective, and movement. This watercolor was made during Marin’s first summer in Maine, 1914, a place that would become central to his watercolor practice for years to come. Marin often returned to the same spot repeatedly, making watercolors each time in response to the light and weather of the moment. West Point near Small Point Maine, Spring is one of three watercolors in the CMA's collection made at the same spot (see 2020.138 and 2020.139). This watercolor shows Marin's responsiveness to the season and vegetation of spring expressed through color and other hallmarks of his style, chiefly his great variety of marks, from bold dashes to transparent washes.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Is something not working on this page? Please email email@example.com.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.