John Marin
Downtown, New York 1923

Artwork details

John Marin 1870–1953
Downtown, New York
Date 1923
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 679 x 552 mm
Acquisition Purchased out of a sum of money made available from the Bruern Foundation 1956
On display at Tate Modern
Exhibition: Georgia OKeeffe

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Intersecting forms give this watercolour a sense of the hectic interconnectedness of New York City. Lines sweep up beyond the edge of the painting, echoing the rapid construction of the skyscrapers they depict. The zig-zag form of a fire escape on the lower right is another detail of Manhattan’s urban environment that still seems emblematic of the city almost a hundred years on. This painting is from a portfolio containing selected works which Marin put aside as of special importance and refused to sell during his lifetime.

February 2016

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