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Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism



Marsden Hartley: <EM>New Mexico Recolleciton No. 13</EM>, c. 1923Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inCollection of Eric and Debbie GreenPhoto courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
Marsden Hartley: New Mexico Recolleciton No. 13, c. 1923
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in
Collection of Eric and Debbie Green
Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism
UNITED STATES
FORT WORTH, TEXAS  •  Amon Carter Museum  •  Ongoing
 

Marsden Hartley (1877 - 1943) was a painter, poet, writer and pioneer of American modernism. Born in Lewiston, Maine, he lived a peripatetic life, working in Paris, Berlin, New York, Mexico, New Mexico, Bermuda and elsewhere before returning to Maine in 1934.

Between 1918 and 1924, Hartley painted the New Mexico landscape again and again, while living first in Taos and Santa Fe, then in New York, and finally in Europe.  He traveled to New Mexico with the hope that painting directly from nature would purify him and his work, allowing him to develop an original, uniquely American style.  Instead, his work evolved into a complex meditation on distance, loss, and the aftermath of World War I.  This exhibition, that includes 42 works, examines Marsden Hartley's search for a new modern American art in New Mexico, repositioning his New Mexico period as an important part of career, and bringing together many of these paintings and pastels for the first time.



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Please click here for a Culturekiosque article on the 2003 Marsden Hartley retrospective at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Contact: Amon Carter Museum
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Tel: (1) 817 738 19 33

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