St. Pauls Against the El


John Marin (1870-1953) etching St. Pauls Against the El, 1930, signed in pencil, from the edition of only about 20 (Zigrosser 146). [also signed and dated in the plate] . In very good condition, with margins (tiny skinned spots upper corners, a fox mark upper margin verso, archival mounting, 9 5/8 x 6 7/8 inches.

A fine, fresh impression with considerable plate tone, giving an unusual atmospheric quality to this cubist/modernist image. Published by Alfred Stieglitz.

St. Paul’s church and the surrounding downtown structures were favorite Marin etching subjects: he made several Whistlerian-style etchings of St. Paul’s around 1914, and returned to the subject in the mid-Twenties, but now in a modernist idiom. St. Paul’s Against the El represents an ambitious culmination of these efforts, and is surely one of his most successful modernist etchings.