New Jersey born painter and printmaker John Marin turned to art-making in 1898, after an eleven-year career in architecture. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1899-1901, Marin spent five years traveling Europe, viewing the art of the avant-garde. While in Paris in 1905, Marin produced his first etchings, a technique that he learned largely from Lalanne’s 1880 “Treatise on Etching.”
After returning to New Yorkin 1911, Marin continued to incorporate etching into his oeuvre, creating images of the Brooklyn Bridge, among others. Between 1905 and 1945, he produced nearly 190 etchings, most of which are landscape and architectural images of Europe and the northeastern United States.
Having returned from abroad, Marin came into the circle of avant-garde artist and gallery owner Alfred Steiglitz and was quickly recognized as the most talented American watercolorist since James McNeill Whistler, an artist whom Marin admired throughout his career. In both his prints and his paintings, Marin was known for his landscapes, inspired by both rural Maine and by urban New York.