It is a little Difficult to think of John Marin as an oldster, and yet he
is almost seventy years of age. It cannot be said that his long career is
the history of American art, for from the he has isolated himself from
national tendencies to become an experimenter. Downtown New Tork is
typical of his aloof style-a thoroughly mature production of one of
America’s most accomplished technicians.
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Realistic truth and perspective have been sacrificed to emphasis and the play of the artist’s eclecticism.
While Marin has gone far on the road to distortion, grace remains,
and this personal impression of a New York scene is easy to look at and,
as personal idiosyncrasy, difficult to quarrel with.
Marin, born in Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1870, comes of English-Dutch and French ancestry.
After studying in Philadelphia and New York, for some he
devoted himself to his art without notable acclaim. Fame came to after I 909,
when Alfred Stieglitz invited him to join that coterie of expressionists known as the “291” group.
By many critics this shy, limelightavoiding man is considered the greatest water-colorist alive.