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  • Catalogue Essay

    John Marin captured the Brooklyn Bridge in seven different etchings from 1911 to 1944 and sought to show the vibrant energy and vitality of a growing New York City in the first half of the 20th century. This image, along with five others were occasionally sold as a set called the Six New York Etchings and exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery. Marin and Stieglitz were so close that Marin stood as witnessinStieglitz's wedding to Georgia O'Keefe in 1924.

    One of the most highly regarded American artists of the first half of the twentieth century, John Marin was admired by painters and collectors alike. In 1926, one journalist described the Marin-Stieglitz relationship as one of "mutual admiration which, expressed by silent loyalty on the part of the non-communicative Marin, is heralded widely by Mr. Stieglitz, who seems never to feel happier than when praising the genius of Marin." The sympathetic warmth of this duo was central to Marin's artistic success; and from the time the two men met, their friendship functioned as an active force in the exhibition program at Stieglitz's Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession (291), Intimate Galleries, and An American Place, where an exhibition of Marin's work marked the state of almost every new season. Ruth E. Fine Modern Art and America, Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries, Sarah Greenough, 2000, National Gallery of Art, p. 341.

Property from a Private Collection

12

Brooklyn Bridge, No. 6 (Swaying)

1913
Etching and drypoint, on Van Gelder Zonen paper, with margins,
I. 10 1/2 x 8 5/8 in (26.7 x 21.9 cm);
S. 14 x 10 3/4 in (35.6 x 27.3 cm)

signed in pencil, from the approximate edition of 12, published by Alfred Stieglitz, New York, printed by the artist, the palest irregular mat staining, otherwise in good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $8,125

Evening & Day Editions

31 October & 1 November 2012
New York