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Image of Manhattan Movement

John Marin
American, 1870–1953

Manhattan Movement


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, New York
24 1/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (61.6 cm x 50.17 cm)
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: 1989.0002.0028

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection
Copyright: © Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Around 1912, Marin began to paint works that focused on the energy, motion, and construction of the architecture of modern New York City. These pulsating cityscapes became a major theme of artist’s oeuvre and he painted them throughout his career. "Manhattan Movement," created in 1932, is a prime example of these works. In the painting, Marin uses elements of the composition to frame the action and creates a border around the edge of the paper in a gray wash.

American Paintngs from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 51, p. 134.

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