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John Marin

Region of Brooklyn Bridge Fantasy
1932

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Date
1932

Classification
Drawings

Medium
Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite pencil on paper

Dimensions
Sheet: 22 × 28 1/4in. (55.9 × 71.8 cm) Image: 17 × 22 1/8in. (43.2 × 56.2 cm)

Accession number
49.8

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase

Rights and reproductions
© Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Like many young artists in the early decades of the twentieth century, John Marin was inspired by the dynamism and vitality of New York City. "The whole city is alive," he exclaimed, "buildings, people, all are alive, and the more they move me the more I feel them to be alive." Watercolor was Marin's medium of choice because it was ideally suited for recording the spontaneity and frenetic energy he felt. Marin viewed New York as a balance of “warring, pushing, pulling forces,” and in this watercolor he portrays the landscape of Lower Manhattan, with its skyline of tall buildings and the Brooklyn Bridge. The architectural structures are presented through a dense arrangement of overlapping forms punctuated with windows; a composition clearly indebted to Cubism.  




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