John Marin

An Early American Modernist Artist from the 1920's

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Who is John Marin?

Known for his watercolor paintings, John Marin was an American artist in the 1920's. He was born at Rutherford, New Jersey in the year of 1870. After three years of studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Art Students League of New York, John Marin went to Europe for six years. He mainly painted his artwork in the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Italy. When John Marin traveled to Paris, he met Edward Steichen, a photographer who referred his work to Alfred Stieglitz. Alfred Stieglitz was the owner of an art gallery in New York called Stieglitz Gallery 291 and the person who began John Marin's career. Motivated with his career soaring, John Marin traveled all around the world to continue his paintings. The more places he traveled, the more people wanted his works in galleries. To this day, many of John Marin's paintings are being held inside important areas or museums such as: the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and even the White House ("The Circus No.1" from 1952 has been displayed inside the Green Room since 2007). In the year 1950, the University of Maine and Yale University honored John Marin with Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Unfortunately, John Marin suffered a stroke that took his life on October 2nd, 1953. After his death, John Marin's masterpieces became more popular and was shared even more to the world from a fan of his named Duncan Phillips.