Street-level view of Woolworth building, New York City

Woolworth Building (The Dance), 1913

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I see great forces at work; great movements....pushing, pulling, sideways, downwards, upwards. —John Marin John Marin imparts the vitality of the modern city in this now iconic image of New York’s Woolworth Building. Designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert, the 60-story skyscraper was at the time of its completion in 1913 the tallest building in the world and widely celebrated as a symbol of modernity. Marin visually conveys the structure’s intrinsic energy, the building appearing to sway to an invisible rhythm. He explored the subject multiple times in oil, watercolor, and etching, and exhibited a watercolor version in the landmark 1913 Armory Show introducing European-inspired modern art to the American public.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Woolworth Building (The Dance)
Artist Life
1870–1953
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,746
Provenance
Sold to MIA, 1941.
Catalogue Raisonne
Benson 109 ii/ii; Zigrosser 116 ii/ii,
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Street-level view of Woolworth building, New York City