Currier unveils latest Marin acquisition
June 19. 2014 1:12AM
Photo courtesy of 2014 Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y. FEATURED WORK: John Marin created this abstract piece, “Movement in Red,” in 1946. The oil-on-canvas painting has been purchased by the Currier Museum of Art through The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund.
Although the composition is highly abstracted, the sailboats in the lower half of the picture and the gull in the foreground identify the scene as a seascape.
Swirls of yellow capture the movement of the sun while lines and rectangles in the middle of the painting are Marin’s way of adding structure to a scene that seems otherwise compressed into a single, flat plane.
“Movement in Red” offers a historical launching point for the abstract expressionist movement to follow in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Initially grounded in impressionism, Marin’s work became increasingly abstract following the 1913 Armory Show in New York City, which brought European modern art to the United States.
That use of oils set the stage for emerging abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.
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