Label Text: To John Marin, seeing was a “repetition of glimpses” and each painting an opportunity to capture in a single, striking image the “eye of many lookings.” Sea Piece conveys the essence of rough seas, wind, and boats with bold lines, fluid washes, and scratched patches of paint. The sense of swift movement is contained by counterbalancing diagonals and transverse lines. Nature is expressed as a force that bristles and hums with energy.
Although he lived in Cliffside, New Jersey, for much of his life, Marin spent many summers drawing and painting the rugged coast of Maine. Sea Piece exemplifies the artist's mature, expressive, rapidly executed style as well as his love of nature.