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Lecture: Marin v. Whistler: The Gentle Art of Drawing by Crawford Alexander Mann III
John Marin used brisk choppy marks and heavy diagonal lines to create fractured images of familiar objects and places. Though celebrated as an American original, he developed this distinctive modern style while absorbing and responding to the work of earlier artists, including James McNeill Whistler, the great Victorian apostle of beauty. According to one early critic, Whistler was “a poem whose meaning haunted his memory.” This talk will explore the careers of these two pioneers and the aesthetic relationships between their drawings, etchings, and watercolors.
Crawford Alexander Mann III is currently the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.