Art: Instinct at 82

"The hurricane has just hit," wrote John Marin after a big blow in 1944. "The Seas are Glorious—Magnificent—Tremendous—God be praised that I have yet the vision to see these things." Watercolorist Marin, then almost 74, was spending his summer as usual on the Maine coast. Last week the wry, spry old master proudly showed the world that his vision is still as sharp as ever.

On view in a Manhattan gallery were 27 oils and watercolors, all done in 1952: autumn hillsides, foaming seas and cockleshell boats, apple blossoms, circuses. As usual, he had worked with a light brush: a few lines...

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