DAILY ART FIX: John Marin – An Artist, His Shack and the Sea

Art world links which caught my eye…

John Marin, “Big Wood Island,” 1914.

John Marin, “Big Wood Island” 1914

An essay on how the lyrical Modernist artist John Marin found his artistic identity in a rustic cabin on the coast of Maine.

And it was Maine — Carrying Place Head, Small Point and later Stonington and Addison — where Marin found his artistic voice. He overcame his initial skepticism of the remoteness and ruggedness of place, and fell into the rhythm of his environment. Over the next four decades, his paintings reflected this new-found and long-held love of place.

More than 60 years after his death, Marin remains one of Maine’s best-known painters. He’s mentioned with Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth as the painters who have defined this place — their place — to the larger world.

Marin ingrained himself in his new environment. Instead of resisting the elements that challenged him, he embraced them. Instead of running for cover, he exposed his vulnerabilities. When the shipyard in Bath hired all the local men to build ships for the war, Marin repaired his own boat. It was work he preferred hiring out. Instead of waiting for an available laborer, he did the sanding and painting himself.

Marin fell in love with Maine. He allowed Maine to become the focus of his life and his work. When he wasn’t in Maine, he wished he was. When he was in Maine, he was happy and inspired.

“It’s great to sit on a gigantic rock and look at the waters,” he wrote to Stieglitz.

Read the full article here: BOB KEYES – John Marin – An Artist, His Shack and the Sea


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