John Marin

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Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946) and Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg, 1879–1973)
printed by Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946)

John Marin, 1910

Platinum print
23.7 x 18.3 cm (image/paper); 24.6 x 19.1 cm (first mount); 50.5 x 37.8 cm (second mount)
Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on second mount, lower left, in graphite: "34B"
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.712

Along with fellow Photo-Secessionists and avant-garde European artists, Stieglitz also began to promote the work of a new generation of American painters at his gallery. He made portraits of many of them as well, as seen here in the images of John Marin, Arthur Dove, and Marsden Hartley. While utterly modern in approach, these photographs hearken back to the work of both David Octavius Hill and Julia Margaret Cameron—whom Stieglitz had discovered only a few years earlier—with figures emerging from massed, shadowy backgrounds.

—Exhibition label text

For more on the Alfred Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute, along with in-depth object information, please visit the website: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Platinum Prints from the Permanent Collection," January 15-March 20, 1977. (Kathleen Lamb)

New York, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, "Photography Rediscovered: American Photographs from 1900-1930," September 19-November 25, 1979; travel to Art Institute of Chicago, December 22, 1979-February 4, 1980. (David Travis)

Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Museum of Art, "In the American Grain," February 8–April 27, 1997.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, "Alfred Stieglitz and his Contemporaries," September 9–November 3, 1997.

New York, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, "Edward Steichen (1879–1973)," October 5, 2001–February 4, 2002.

Paris, France, Musée d’Orsay, Réunion des musées nationaux "Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle: Modernity in New York (1905–1930),” October 18, 2004–January 16, 2005; traveled to Madrid, Spain, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, February 10–May 17, 2005.

Sydney, Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, "Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years," June 17–September 5, 2010.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century," October 31, 2015-March 27, 2016.

Publication History

Longwell, Dennis. 1978. “Steichen: The Master Prints: 1895–1914: The Symbolist Period.” Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society. p. 150, fig. 64.

Travis, David. 1979. "Photography Rediscovered: American Photographs from 1900-1930." Exh. cat. Whitney Museum of American Art. p. 177, fig. 158.

Shimbun, Asahi. 1997. “Alfred Stieglitz and his Contemporaries.” Exh. cat. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. p. 133, pl. 129.

Annear, Judy and Sarah Greenough. 2010. "Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years." Exh. cat. Art Gallery of New South Wales. p. 55.

Tedeschi, Martha with Kristi Dahm, Ruth Fine, Charles Pietraszewski, and Christine Conniff-O'Shea. 2011. "John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism." Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press. p. 39, fig. 22.