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Small Point, Maine

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Small Point, Maine


John Marin

American, 1870-1953

Watercolor on paper
16 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (41.9 x 55.2 cm)
Gift of Sidney and Anne Gerber
Provenance: [Probably New York, An American Place, until at least December 1936]; with private collector identified only as Pleadwell or Plerdwell, by 1954; [Downtown Gallery, New York, after 1954-November 1957]; sold to Sidney and Anne Gerber, Bellevue, Washington [as "Sea Piece—Small Point, Maine, and Vicinity"]
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition History{Possibly New York, The Intimate Gallery, Fifty New Paintings by John Marin, Nov. 14 - Dec. 31, 1928. No checklist, possibly no. 27? [from inscription on reverse]}.

Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 9th Exhibition of Watercolors and Pastels, Jan. 13 - Feb.14, 1932.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, John Marin, Oct. 21 - Nov. 22, 1936. Organized by Alfred Stieglitz; text by Henry McBride, Marsden Hartley, and E. M. Benson. Cat. no. 115, not reproduced, lender not identified [see list of lenders: probably lent by Alfred Stieglitz, An American Place gallery].

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, John Marin: Water Colors, Oils, May 19 - June 13, 1954 (exhibition traveled to Santa Barbara Museum of Art, but exact dates not known and complete checklist has not been located). Checklist no. 15, not reproduced [lent by private collection].

San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Art, Modern Masters in West Coast Collections: An Exhibition Selected in Celebration of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935-1960, Oct. 18 - November 27, 1960.

Washington, D.C., The Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Twentieth Century Painting from Collections in the State of Washington, Dec. 8, 1966 - Jan. 8, 1967.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum: Mixed Metaphors, Fred Wilson, Jan. 28 - June 13, 1993. Not in catalogue.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, installation from the permanent collection to complement the traveling exhibition, In the American Grain: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz―The Stieglitz Circle at the Phillips Collection, Feb. 8 - May 5, 1996. No catalogue.
Published ReferencesHudson, Andrew. “A ‘Freshness of Eye’ Wafted in from the West Coast.” Washington Post {date?, 1966} [review of Washington Gallery of Modern Art exhibition].

Reich, Sheldon. John Marin: A Stylistic Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1970. Vol. II, cat. no. 28.67, p. 600, not reproduced.

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