John Marin and Alfred Stieglitz

Marius de Zayas Mexican

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John Marin and Alfred Stieglitz is one of several double-portraits by de Zayas. It was included in de Zayas's third, and last, one-man show at 291, in April–May 1913, where he exhibited eighteen large caricatures that he categorized as either "absolute" (abstract) or "relative" (representational); this work qualified as the latter. The pairings de Zayas chose allowed him to comment upon some of the internal alliances within the Stieglitz circle. In this case, Stieglitz, looking robust and self-satisfied, stands next to the sharply angled figure of his good friend John Marin, a master watercolorist whose work he heartily promoted. As in their personal and professional lives, the two seem tethered by a line that here runs from the top of Stieglitz's head to the tip of Marin's nose and back to Stieglitz's pocket.

John Marin and Alfred Stieglitz, Marius de Zayas (Mexican, Veracruz 1880–1961 Stamford, Connecticut), Charcoal and graphite on paper

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