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Paintings are static objects, yet they contain dynamism and movement. Imagine the speed and force with which Joan Mitchell applied paint to this canvas and the rhythm of her physical actions.

The brushstrokes in Marlin may seem explosive, even violent, evoking, as the painting's title suggests, the movements of a powerful game fish. Inspired by nature, people, and places, Mitchell sought to capture in her work the feeling or experience of a thing rather than its appearance.

Credit: Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc....

1960
Oil on canvas
241.3 x 180.3cm
1968.52.16
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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