Storm, Taos Mountain, New Mexico

John Marin American

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An accomplished watercolorist of the Maine coast and eastern cities, Marin journeyed west to Taos, New Mexico, in 1929 and again in 1930. In his two summers there, he executed almost one hundred watercolors of the area’s expansive landscape and quick-changing weather as well as the customs of local Indigenous people. Storm, Taos Mountain, New Mexico is a mix of the natural and the abstract: mountain ridges, dark clouds, and lashing rain transform into a play of geometric shapes, zigzags, and billowing lines. At the bottom edge, Marin adds a lightning-like design clearly inspired by Southwest Indigenous art, a powerful influence for many American artists experimenting with abstraction.

Storm, Taos Mountain, New Mexico, John Marin (American, Rutherford, New Jersey 1870–1953 Cape Split, Maine), Watercolor and charcoal on paper

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