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John Marin (December 23, 1870 - October 2, 1953) born in Rutherford, New Jersey was an early American modernist artist. Known for his abstract landscapes and watercolors.

John Marin grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey, and attended the Stevens Institute of Technology for a year.[1] His experience with architecture might have contributed to the role played by architectural themes in his paintings and watercolors.

From 1899 to 1901, Marin attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia he studied with Thomas Pollock Anshutz and William Merritt Chase. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York. In 1905 like many American artists Marin went to Europe, initially to Paris. He traveled through Europe for six years. Marin painted in Holland, Belgium, England, and Italy. In Europe he mastered a type of watercolor where he achieved an abstract ambience, almost a pure abstraction with color that ranges from transparancy to translucency, accompanied by strong opacities, and linear elements, always with a sense of freedom, which became one of his trademarks.

In 1909, Marin held his first one-man exhibition at Alfred Stieglitzís gallery, 291 in New York City. The photographer Edward Steichen, whom Marin had met through the painter Arthur B. Carles, introduced him to Stieglitz. Marinís and Stieglitzís association would last nearly forty years. Stieglitzís support, in both philosophical and financial respects, was essential to Marin.[2]

In 1936, he had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art. His paintings are represented several important permanent collections and museums including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and many others.

Late in life Marin achieved tremendous prestige as an American painter, an elder statesman of American art. In 1950, he was honored by the University of Maine and Yale University with honorary degree's of Doctor of Fine Arts.[3]