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Lot 96: American Painter John Marin: One of Fifty Signed Copies of Letters of John Marin
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
October 26, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: American Painter John Marin: One of Fifty Signed Copies of Letters of John Marin********** MARIN, JOHN. (1870-1951). American artist. A copy of his book of letters to photographer Alfred Stieglitz entitled Letters of John Marin, signed on the colophon (“John Marin”). Unpaginated. Small 4to. New York, 1931. Number 33 of 50 signed copies from the larger, privately printed edition of 400 by The Beekman Hill Press. Printed for Stieglitz’s gallery, An American Place, and bound in grey-green cloth, with the title in gilt on the spine. ********** A synthesis of energetic composition, luminous color, and radical form, Marin’s images are among the most striking American works produced during the first decades of the 20th century. In 1909, Marin was introduced to photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), founder and owner of Gallery 291, where he showed annually until its demise in 1917. He continued to exhibit at Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery and, from 1929 to 1950, at the photographer’s last gallery, An American Place. In the 1930s, Marin resumed oil painting with renewed vigor; his late works “are marked by a sense of lightness and by a reduction of forms to the minimum, without sacrifice of a certain richness of surface,” (DAB). This collection of letters to his friend and colleague “reveal the quality of this unique relationship” and display “in words as distinct from pigment, the spirit of John Marin,” (from the book’s introduction by Herbert J. Seligmann). ********** With a pencil ownership signature of the American actress Ruth Nelson (1905-1992, “Ruth Nelson”) on the front free endpaper. Boldly signed by Marin and in fine condition, but for very slight wear at the head of the spine. Rare.