New Jersey born John Marin would become one of the earliest American modernist artists. His improvisational approach to color, paint handling, perspective, and movement situated him as a leading figure in modern art and helped influence the Abstract Expressionist movement.

The Art Institute of Chicago is displaying, for the first time, its entire collection of Marin’s work. The pieces ranges from early images rooted in traditional practice to more personal and experimental compositions, showcasing how Marin, in the process of reinventing watercolor, transformed American painting.

Opens January 23 and goes through April 17 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Learn more at the Art Institute’s website.