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Street Movement, New York City

John Marin

American Art

In a group of New York City street scenes from the 1930s, John Marin reverted to a more conventionally Cubist compositional technique better suited to the geometries of urban architecture than to rural landscapes or coastal views. In these works, drawing and watercolor are almost equally balanced: heavy outlines of planar forms, including the stylized shapes of moving figures, are enhanced by earth-toned washes that lend them relative depth.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolor, black conté crayon and graphite on off-white, thick, rough wove paper
DATES 1932
DIMENSIONS 26 1/8 x 21 3/4 in. (66.4 x 55.2 cm) Frame: 37 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (95.9 x 80 x 3.2 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Marin 32"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
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