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Grey Ledges, Blue Breaking Sea—Region Cape Split, Maine

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Grey Ledges, Blue Breaking Sea—Region Cape Split, Maine

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John Marin
American, 1870–1953




Watercolor on paper

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John Marin aimed to capture the light and movement in nature, casting them in a cohesive structure defined by fresh, sparkling colors. His glimpses of the Maine coast and Manhattan skyscrapers seem to burst with restless energy.

A painting of characteristic vitality, Grey Ledges rocks with the nervous force of a choppy ocean. Marin appears to have painted with a frenzy that matched the tumult he saw before him. Primarily a watercolorist until his later years, Marin painted with a spontaneity and feeling for texture well suited to that medium. In the end, oil paint was no less an expressive vehicle for his empathic union with nature.


Gift of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

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© The Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.