John Marin (1870-1953)
The Michael Scharf Family Collection
John Marin (1870-1953)

Downtown New York, Telephone Building

John Marin (1870-1953)
Downtown New York, Telephone Building
watercolor and pencil on paper
21 ¾ x 26 ¼ in. (55.2 x 66.7 cm.)
Executed circa 1926.
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Cape Split Place, Inc., Addison, Maine.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.
Private collection.
Grete Meiman Fine Art, Ltd., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1984.
C. Gray, John Marin by John Marin, New York, 1970, pp. 99, 176, illustrated.
S. Reich, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, vol. II, Tucson, Arizona, 1970, p. 564, no. 26.18.
W.C. Agee, et al., The Scharf Collection: A History Revealed, New York, 2018, pp. 101-02, 179, no. 6, pl. 57, illustrated.
Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco, California, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum; San Diego, California, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, John Marin: 1870-1953, July 7, 1970-June 6, 1971, p. 51, no. 69, illustrated.
Andover, Massachusetts, Phillips Academy, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover Alumni Collectors, April 29-July 31, 1995.

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Lot Essay

John Marin saw New York City as "a kind of bustling paradise and as one of the formative influences in his life. First in his watercolors and later in his oils, he observed it from many points of view and created vivid pictorial equivalents for the complex interrelation of its harsh angles, the impact of light on surfaces of glass and stone, the spatial tensions and the myriad contrasts of movement." (C.E. Buckley, John Marin in Retrospect: An Exhibition of his Oils and Watercolors, Washington, D.C., 1962, p. 10) The tempo of the city and its role as a center for Modernist thought were central to Marin's artistic immersion in its atmosphere. As evident in the present work, Downtown New York, Telephone Building, Marin was a close observer of the shapes, spaces and movement of the modern metropolis.

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