Letter to Alfred Stieglitz, 1930, Aug. 4-14.


Marin, John, 1870-1953. Letter to Alfred Stieglitz, 1930, Aug. 4-14.

Letter to Alfred Stieglitz, 1930, Aug. 4-14.

This collection contains one photocopy of a letter written in installments (on August 4, 10, and 14, 1930) from Taos, New Mexico, by John Marin to Alfred Stieglitz. The seven-page letter concerns the Native American dances at Santo Domingo Pueblo. It mentions Mabel Dodge Luhan and Paul Strand. The letter describes the odd mood Marin is in after having seen the dances at Santo Domingo Pueblo, and mentions paintings he made based on the dances in 1929 and 1930, perhaps referring to his 1929 watercolor titled "Corn Dance." Marin also provides insight into his views of Mabel Dodge Luhan (New York socialite-turned- reporter and patron of the artists' colony at Taos, New Mexico). Marin writes that he witnessed two dogs fighting and "Mable [sic] Luhan [sic] came over to have it stopped" as she said "it disturbed her tenents [sic] working -- working Ha Ha." Finally, the author reports on the local government fish hatcheries, mentions the climatic conditions of the time, and adds that "even Mr. Paul Strand has given up a cussing the people for a spell and is enjoying the orgy." This comment is not contextualized further. Thus, the letter reflects Marin's social connections and his opinions surrounding the Taos art colony.

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Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962

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Mabel Ganson was born on February 20, 1879 in Buffalo, New York. She was sent to the finest boarding schools in Buffalo and Manhattan. While living in Florence, Italy and later in Greenwich Village with her second husband, Edwin Dodge, she became known for her reputation for socializing and people gathering. After Mabel and Edwin Dodge divorced, she married artist Maurice Sterne in 1916. They moved to Santa Fe, and then Taos. Antonio Luhan became her fourth husband in 1923. It was in Taos that M...

Marin, John, 1870-1953

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Painter, etcher. From the description of John Marin letter to Louis Kalonyme, 1953 July 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122403986 John Marin was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1870. He spent two years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1898-1900), one year at the Art Students' league, and four years in Europe, mainly Paris, where he free-lanced in etching, oil, and watercolor. He was mentored by Alfred Stieglitz, famous New York photographer, who showed Marin's ...

Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946

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Strand, Paul, 1864-1946.

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