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Image of Small Point Harbor, Casco Bay, Maine

John Marin
American, 1870–1953

Small Point Harbor, Casco Bay, Maine


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, New York
22 1/4 in. x 28 1/4 in. (56.52 cm x 71.76 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1989.0002.0029

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection

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Copyright: © Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marin is a Modernist painter primarily known as a watercolorist, however he began to paint in oil when he was past sixty years old. The sea became one of Marin’s major subjects as early as 1931. "Small Point Harbor, Casco Bay, Maine "(1932) is one such painting, and demonstrates Marin’s enormous pleasure in the manipulation of oil paint. In the painting, Marin layers dense impasto in order to build up the constantly moving water, which consumes the majority of the canvas. Two landmasses on either side form the mouth of the harbor, and the sky is a gloomy gray-white. "Small Point Harbor, Casco Bay, Maine" is an important painting in Marin’s oeuvre as it is one of the earliest examples in oil of the artist’s use of broad diagonal bands and rectangular boxes that hover in the sky.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat no. 50, p. 132.

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