Atlantic Ocean coastline with trees atop rocky outcroppings

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The Sea, Maine, 1921

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In establishing his modernist style, John Marin frequently turned to the untamed landscape for his subjects, especially the landscape of Maine. The New Yorker visited Maine every year, spending the summer of 1921 in Stonington, a picturesque fishing village on the southern shore of Deer Isle, one of the many islands along Maine’s coast. The Sea, Maine is a plein-air interpretation of the island’s rugged shoreline of granite outcroppings and windswept pine and spruce. In this dynamic meeting of land and sea, Marin united abstract and representational impulses, using gestural strokes, bold colors, and delicate washes to denote nature’s essential forms. His line and brushwork have an urgent, improvisational quality, conveying the rhythm and motion of wind and surf.

Details
Title
The Sea, Maine
Artist Life
1870–1953
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.269.18
Provenance
The artist, New York and Maine (1921-at least 1947); (Downtown Gallery, New York, until 1956; sold September 29 to Coe); Myrtle and John I. Coe, Bloomington, Minn., 1956-98; given to MIA.
Catalogue Raisonne
Reich 1970, II, no. 21.63
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Atlantic Ocean coastline with trees atop rocky outcroppings

© Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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