Monday, August 17, 2020

Down Granite Street to Sea

Down Granite Street
to Sea

on Deer Isle in Stonington, Maine,
painted plein air July 30, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink
on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

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Four John Marin
Stonington Watercolors

John Marin Storm Comments to Alfred Stieglitz
from a Stonington, Maine, September 20, 1919 Letter

Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper,
19" x 17" (w x h), 1921
Christie's 2008 Auction Sold $51,400 USD

Pertaining to Stonington Harbor
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and charcoal over graphite pencil
on white wove paper, 20" x 15" (w x h), 1926
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

On September 20, 1919 John Marin wrote to Alfred Stieglitz in a letter:
It is a big storm, a very big storm, the biggest. And the signs of clearing on the horizon are like Will-of-the-Wisps. So, to ship with the man of the big laugh, why paint, why make photographs. Dam it all, we have and we will just insist on our right to just paint and make photographs, just as long as we blooming please, and that will be as long as we be.

Passing Rains, Stonington, Maine
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and graphite on paper,
17" x 14" (w x h), 1919
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Approaching Thunderstorm
John Marin (1870-1953), American
Watercolor and pencil on paper,
11" x 8" (w x h), 2019
Christie's 1997 Auction Sold $10,700 USD

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