- Patches of raw canvas, daubs of thick paint, and frenzied brushwork convey the turbulence of the stormy sea.
- Marin executed Hurricane at his summer home on the coast of Maine, but his sense of wind, water, and clouds is not tied to a specific locale.
- Marin’s avant-garde style was encouraged by the famous New York art dealer Alfred Stieglitz. When Mrs. Fesler of Indianapolis purchased Hurricane, Stieglitz wrote congratulating her on the acquisition: “The Hurricane is certainly a masterpiece. Everyone agrees with everyone else as to that.”
The artist; Alfred Stieglitz and An American Place; Mrs. Caroline Marmon Fesler purchased the piece in 1944; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1961.