John Marin

John Marin (măr´Ĭn), 1870–1953, American landscape painter, b. Rutherford, N.J. After a year at Stevens Institute of Technology, he worked for four years as an architectural draftsman. At 28 he entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in 1905 went abroad, where he painted and etched and lived precariously for several years. In 1909 his work was exhibited at Stieglitz's gallery in New York City. He was quickly recognized as a leading American watercolorist. Marin painted scenes of New York, Taos, and particularly Maine seascapes, which he rendered with a few powerful zigzag strokes, often employing angular abstract forms to enclose the composition. His color ranged from subtle, delicate tones to bold, eerie effects. Marin's work in oil and watercolor is in more than 40 public collections in the United States.

See his letters edited by H. J. Seligman (1931, repr. 1970); studies by H. MacKinley (1948, repr. 1970), D. B. Balken (2011), and M. Tedeschi (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

John Marin: Selected full-text books and articles

John Marin: The Man and His Work By Emanuel Mervin Benson The American Federation of Arts, 1935
John Marin: A Retrospective Exhibition By Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.) The Institute of Modern Art, 1947
The Selected Writings of John Marin By Dorothy Norman; John Marin Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1949
New Art in America: Fifty Painters of the 20th Century By John I. H. Baur New York Graphic Society, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "John Marin" begins on p. 42
A Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture By Matthew Baigell Icon Editions, 1996 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Early Modernism"
Modern Art in America By Martha Candler Cheney Whittlesey House, 1939
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "New Directions after 1913"
A Short History of American Painting By James Thomas Flexner Houghton Mifflin, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Modern Masters"
Expressionism By Hubbard, Guy Arts & Activities, Vol. 130, No. 3, November 2001
A Dictionary of Modern Painting By Carlton Lake; Robert Maillard Tudor Publishing, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "Marin, John ( 1970-1953)" begins on p. 173
John Marin By Mackinley Helm Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1948
The American Artist and His Times By Homer Saint-Gaudens Dodd, Mead, 1941
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Marin begins on p. 306
New Frontiers in American Painting By Samuel M. Kootz Hastings House, 1943
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Marin begins on p. 30
Modern American Painters By Samuel M. Kootz Brewer & Warren, Inc., 1930
Librarian’s tip: "John Marin" begins on p. 45
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