The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 2, 2024

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

(American, 1870–1953)
Sheet: 41 x 48 cm (16 1/8 x 18 7/8 in.); Overall: 39.4 x 47.3 cm (15 1/2 x 18 5/8 in.)
© Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: not on view


John Marin is widely regarded as the greatest American watercolorist of the 20th century. With its dynamic brushwork and nonnaturalistic use of color, Lower Manhattan exemplifies the bold approach to the medium that Marin forged between 1911 and 1915.

The building in the foreground may have been inspired by the Broadway-Chambers Building (1899–1900), the first structure in New York City designed by architect Cass Gilbert. Although the office building is not located on the riverfront as is suggested here, it is brick red and has repeating rows of six windows. The jagged lines radiating from it suggest the energy of the modern city. In the distance, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River.
  • Alfred Stieglitz; Returned to John Marin by Georgia O'Keeffe in 1946 after Stieglitz's death; Marin family by descent.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art. Museum Masters: 2016-17 Companion Guide. [Cleveland, Ohio]: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2016. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 74
    Reich, Sheldon. John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné. 2 Vols. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1970. II, 392, no. 14.39
  • Recent Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 17-June 7, 2018).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art (03/17/2018-06/06/2018): "Recent Acquisitions 2014-2017"
  • {{cite web|title=Lower Manhattan|url=false|author=John Marin|year=1914|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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