JOHN MARIN (1870-1953)
JOHN MARIN (1870-1953)
JOHN MARIN (1870-1953)
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JOHN MARIN (1870-1953)

Two Little Boats and Grey Sea, Cape Split, Maine

JOHN MARIN (1870-1953)
Marin, J.
Two Little Boats and Grey Sea, Cape Split, Maine
signed and dated 'Marin 37.' (lower right)
watercolor and charcoal on paper
15 ¼ x 20 7/8 in. (38.7 x 53 cm.)
Executed in 1937.
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
S. Reich, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, vol. II, Tucson, Arizona, 1970, p. 688, no. 37.28, illustrated.
(Probably) London, The Waddington Galleries, John Marin, Retrospective Exhibition of Watercolors, October 3-26, 1963, no. 31, illustrated.
New York, Kennedy Galleries, Inc., John Marin and the Sea, October 19-November 19, 1982, no. 42, illustrated.

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Beginning in the summer of 1914, Marin escaped the bustle of New York City every summer to spend the warmer months painting the rocky shoreline of Maine. For the first few summers, he stayed in the Small Point Harbor area, where he purchased "Marin Island." Despite being virtually uninhabitable due to lack of a fresh water resource, the island served as a retreat for the artist where he could paint and fish in a remote and primitive location. During the 1920s, the Marin family started to venture further north to Stonington, Maine, but it was not until 1933, at the suggestion of author and journalist Herbert J. Seligmann, that he spent his first summer on Cape Split in Addison. There he chose to buy the small cottage where he would continue to summer for the remainder of his career and ultimately spend the final days of his life.

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