Though he created etchings and sometimes painted in oil, Marin worked primarily in watercolor. He earned wide critical praise as well as commercial success, and elevated the importance of watercolor as a means of artistic expression. While early in his career he worked in a delicate and somewhat impressionistic tone, he eventually developed a bold and fluid style, depicting the elemental forces of nature and the dynamism of the modern city in a signature blend of realism and abstraction. In addition to New York City and Maine, Marin painted in his home state of New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York state, various parts of New England, and New Mexico, where he spent the summer of 1929.
The Late Oils