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John Marin

1872: Born in Rutherford, New Jersey. Grew up in nearby Weehawkin; 1886: Briefly attended Stevens Institute of Technology, where he studied architecture; 1888-92: Worked in various architects’ offices; 1892: Began working independently as an architect. Designed 6 residences in Union Hill, New Jersey; 1899-1901: Attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), where he studied with Thomas Anshutz and Hugh Breckenridge; 1902/3-1903/4: Attended Art Students League, where he studied with Frank DuMond; 1905-9: Traveled to Europe, visiting Paris, Amsterdam, Belgium, and Italy. Make first street scene etchings; 1909: Met Alfred Stieglitz for the first time. They would go onto have a long business relationship and friendship. Had first exhibition at Stieglitz’s 291 gallery; 1914: Visited Maine for the first time. Year is most prolific to date. He paints 100 paintings; 1921: First painting enters the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 1929: Visited Taos, New Mexico for first time; 1931: Had two one-man exhibitions, the first at Phillips Memorial Gallery and the second at Stieglitz’s An American Place; 1934: Buys home on Pleasant Bay, Cape Split. Spent the summers there for the remainder of his life; 1942: Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters; 1946: Alfred Stieglitz died. 1948: “Look” magazine poll named Marin “Artist No. 1”; 1949: Georgia O’Keeffe declared that Stieglitz’s collection of over 60 watercolors by Marin will go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1950: Awarded honorary doctorates from Yale University and the University of Maine; 1953: Died; 1954: American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters held memorial exhibition, “John Marin: 1870-1953.”