John Marin - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • At his last gallery, An American Place, Alfred Stieglitz welcomed a stream of visitors who wanted to meet a living legend of the New York art scene. Here, Stieglitz was dedicated almost exclusively to the exhibition of the American Modernist artists in whom he believed most deeply: John Marin, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Stieglitz’s business practices were as enigmatic as ever, as he maintained his policy of selling only to those he thought deserving of the work in question and paying artists the amount he saw fit.


    In the gallery space, on the seventeenth floor of a newly constructed skyscraper on Madison Avenue, Stieglitz posted the gallery's austere mission on a card:


    No formal press views

    No cocktail parties

    No special invitations

    No advertising

    No institutions

    No isms

    No theories

    No game being played

    Nothing asked of anyone who comes

    No anything on the walls except what you see there

    The doors of An American Place are ever open to all.1



    Reproduced in Dorothy Norman, Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer, p. 205

    • Provenance

      An American Place Gallery, New York, 1945
      Phyllis Leon Green (gift from Alfred Stieglitz)
      Christie's, New York, Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, March 2, 2006, lot 184
      Babcock Galleries, New York
      Birnam Wood Galleries, East Hampton

    • Exhibited

      Birnam Wood Galleries, Modern Life: American Painting Between the Wars, July 5 - August 5, 2007

Property from an Esteemed Collection


Lake and Mountains

circa 1910
Unique watercolor, charcoal and graphite drawing in colors, on wove paper.
9 x 11 7/8 in. (22.9 x 30.2 cm)
Signed in pencil, dedicated 'For Phyllis Leon - this Marin - 1910 - as a souvenir of a very memorable few hours at "An American Place" Jan. 3 - 1945 Alfred Stieglitz' in black ink on cardboard taped to the mat board, framed.

Full Cataloguing

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,255

Contact Specialist
212 940 1220

Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023