Though he visited Long Island over the years—he was in Peconic, Halesite (Huntington), and Jones Beach—John Marin divided most of his time as a painter between the New York City area and the coast of Maine. He trained in architecture and practiced for a number of years before attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied with William Merritt Chase. In Europe he encountered the work of Cézanne, the Fauves, and the Cubists. Alfred Stieglitz gave Marin his first one-artist exhibition, in 1909, and remained a staunch supporter for many years. At home with landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, Marin infused those subjects with turbulent action, motion, color, and light. He called this modernist dissonance “things that clash.” With the triumph of Abstract Expressionism, American modernists such as Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove receded from critical discourse, but the revival of representational painting in the 1970s has brought renewed appreciation of their work.
John Marin visited and painted on Long Island over the years, including Peconic, Huntington, and Jones Beach.