John Marin's celebrated art concerned monumental forms and forces: bridges, skyscrapers, mountains, sea, and sky. But late in his career Marin discovered a new interest in the human scale of portraiture. An individualist inspired by modern art but not adhering to any movement, Marin used bold strokes, rich colors, and a cubist-influenced linear structure to explore both urban and rural worlds. Marin's well-known face was frequently photographed, painted, or sculpted by other artists. "John Marin is an American original," one wrote. "His face is incredibly wrinkled and puckers into all sorts of criss-cross lines." In this self-portrait, the painter of rugged coastlines observed the effects of time and weather on his own visage. "He was born old," critic Henry McBride wrote of Marin, "and has remained young."