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.