Boat and Gull
signed and dated Marin 45, l.r.
sight: 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in., frame: 25 x 30 1/2 in.
Provenance: By descent through a son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Literature: Reich, Sheldon, John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné, 1970, vol. 2, no. 45.5
- Downtown Gallery, New York label verso
- Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts label verso
The work was painted in 1945, by which time Marin had developed his mature style and was at the peak of his artistic career. His confident brushstrokes, nuanced color-work, and astute use of negative space come together to create a powerful, movement-filled scene, one that aptly demonstrates why Marin is considered one of the foremost American Modernist painters.