Marsden Hartley s Maine

Marsden Hartley s Maine Author Donna M. Cassidy
ISBN-10 9781588396136
Year 2017-03-13
Pages 184
Language en
Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Marsden Hartley had a lifelong personal and aesthetic engagement with Maine, where he was born in 1877 and where he died at age sixty-six. As an important member of the artistic circle promoted by Alfred Stieglitz, Hartley began his career by painting the mountains of western Maine. He subsequently led a peripatetic life, traveling throughout Europe and North America and only occasionally visiting his native state. By midlife, however, his itinerant existence had taken an emotional toll, and he confided to Stieglitz that he wanted “so earnestly a ‘place’ to be.” Finally returning to the state in his later years, he transformed his identity from urbane sophisticate to “the painter from Maine.” But while Maine has played a clear and defining role in Hartley’s art, not until now has this relationship been studied with the breadth and richness it warrants. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Verdana} Marsden Hartley’s Maine is the first in-depth discussion of Hartley’s complex and shifting relationship to his native state. Illustrated with works from throughout the painter’s career, it provides a nuanced understanding of Hartley’s artistic range, from the exhilarating Post-Impressionist landscapes of his early years to the late, roughly rendered paintings of Maine and its people. The absorbing essays examine Hartley’s view of Maine as a place of light and darkness whose spirit imbued his art, which encompassed buoyant coastal views, mournful mountain vistas, and portraits of Mainers. An illustrated chronology provides an overview of Hartley’s life, juxtaposing major personal incidents with concurrent events in Maine’s history. For Hartley, who was strongly influenced by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Winslow Homer, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, Maine was an enduring source of inspiration, one powerfully intertwined with his past, his cultural milieu, and his desire to create a regional expression of American modernism.

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley Author Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser
ISBN-10 9780300097672
Year 2002
Pages 334
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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"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. This superbly illustrated book encompasses the extraordinary range and depth of Hartley's creative output. Some one-hundred and five of his works - landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and abstract paintings - demonstrate the visual power for which Hartley gained acclaim as well as the development of his art over the course of his thirty-five year career." "The book gathers together the most recent scholarship on Hartley's work, discussing such topics as the artist's working methods, his self-portraits, the influence of Cezanne on his work, and Hartley's attitudes toward Native Americans. A chronology of his life is included, and each painting is accompanied by a full catalogue entry." "This book also serves as the catalogue of an exhibition organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and traveling to the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley Author Donna Cassidy
ISBN-10 1584654465
Year 2005
Pages 395
Language en
Publisher UPNE
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A provocative new reading of the great American avant-garde arist Marsden Hartley's late work.

Seeking the Spiritual

Seeking the Spiritual Author Townsend Ludington
ISBN-10 0801435536
Year 1998-01-01
Pages 80
Language en
Publisher Cornell University Press
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Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) was a writer and a spiritual seeker, as well as a distinguished American painter. In his introduction to this generously illustrated volume, Townsend Ludington explores the relationships among Hartley's art, poetry, and essays. He traces the philosophical and literary sources that nourished the artist's evolving spiritual consciousness.Raised in Lewiston, Maine, Hartley felt at odds with life. A voracious reader, he educated himself and became enamored of the transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and, particularly, of Walt Whitman. He began spending winters in New York City where he met and was befriended by Alfred Stieglitz. He visited Europe but remained restless for the right physical environment. Eventually returning to New England, Hartley painted in Dogtown, Massachusetts, in the low hills behind the port of Gloucester, and the stark landscape there stimulated some of his most famous paintings.Throughout his career, Hartley painted landscapes and seascapes in which he tried to convey his sense of the wonder of earth, at the same time attempting to articulate the spiritual awareness that came to him in the "magic of dreams." Consciously representative of modernism, Hartley strove to express, as Wallace Stevens said, "not ideas about the thing but the thing itself." He believed that the acts of reading, writing, and painting gave significance to the world accessible to his senses. This book is published with the cooperation of the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Babcock Galleries in New York City.

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley Author Bruce Robertson
ISBN-10 UOM:39015034412307
Year 1995-03-01
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
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Marsden Hartley belonged to the circle of avant-garde artists surrounding Alfred Stieglitz - which included Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, and Charles Demuth. Of all these modernists, Hartley was the only one who made his way to Germany, finding inspiration in Vassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. He brought to American art a vision like no other. Hartley was an artist who went through spectacular changes in style and subject matter. His first works were transcendental post-Impressionist mountain views; his last ones included forceful and sensual studies of young athletes. This seeming inconsistency reflected a nature deeply divided between love and repression: he sublimated his feelings in mountain landscapes and expressed them directly in the late figure paintings. His finest works are those that eulogize the great lost loves of his life, such as Karl von Freyburg, a German officer killed at the beginning of World War One. Considered to be his most important contribution to modern art, Hartley's abstract funerary portraits of Freyburg combine personal symbolism, eroticized objects, state power, and private tragedy to powerful effect - a fusion of parts no other Cubist attempted. The rest of Hartley's career can be seen as a journey to relocate this vision in more representational terms, a point he reached by the end of his life. By this time, in the midst of another world war, Hartley had achieved recognition as a unique American master, and his sexuality, his subjects, and his style all have continued to have something important to say to later artists.

Somehow a Past

Somehow a Past Author Marsden Hartley
ISBN-10 0262581639
Year 1998-02-06
Pages 246
Language en
Publisher MIT Press
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Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) is best known as an American modernist and pioneering artist and writer of the early 20th century. This autobiographical account of his life is the most revealing document he left about his personal life and relationships but has never been published before. SOMEHOW A PAST is compelling both as historical document and as personal narrative. 45 illustrations.

Marsden Hartley and the West

Marsden Hartley and the West Author Heather Hole
ISBN-10 0300121490
Year 2007
Pages 166
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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Considered to be among the greatest early American modernists, the painter Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) traveled the United States and Europe in his search for a distinctive American aesthetic. His stay in New Mexico resulted in an extraordinary series of landscape paintings—created in New Mexico, New York, and Europe between 1918 and 1924—that show an evolution in style and thinking that is important for understanding both Hartley’s oeuvre and American modernism in the postwar years. Marsden Hartley and the West examines this pivotal stage of the painter’s career, drawing upon his writings and providing illustrations of rarely seen and previously unpublished works. The author considers Hartley’s involvement with the Stieglitz circle and its “soil-and-spirit” philosophy, the Taos art colony, New York Dada, and the impact of historical events such as World War I. Within this setting she analyzes the pastels and oil paintings that suggest Hartley’s increasingly ambivalent response to the land. Beginning with optimistic, naturalistic views, the New Mexico works grew progressively darker and more tumultuous, increasingly reflecting a sense of loss brought on by war. The paintings become a site where the landscapes of memory, self, and nation merge, while reflecting broader modernist debates about “American-ness” and a usable past.

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley Author Gail R. Scott
ISBN-10 UOM:39015031767851
Year 1988
Pages 187
Language en
Publisher Abbeville Press
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Briefly describes Hartley's life and career, shows examples of his paintings, and assesses his influence on modern art

Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley Author Townsend Ludington
ISBN-10 0801485800
Year 1992
Pages 327
Language en
Publisher Cornell University Press
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"A penetrating biography. . . . Ludington offers a psychological portrait of an intense, contradictory, scornful, but gentle man who transcended his nineteenth-century roots in Lewiston, Maine, to view Europe as his home and to make a distinctive contribution to modernism."—Kirkus Reviews"Drawing on Hartley's letters and other writings as well as on the correspondence and reminiscences of the artist's friends, Ludington traces the restless career of the painter. . . . [Hartley] had troubled friendships with some of the most important artists and writers of his day—Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Fairfield Porter, Eugene O'Neill, Georgia O'Keeffe, and others. His relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, who supported him financially and exhibited his work, . . . runs like a leitmotif through the book, and indicates Hartley's character—demanding, touchy, often ungrateful but also compelling. . . . This frank and unsentimental account of a life of contradictions and paradoxes returns one to the artist's paintings with a fresh eye."—Publishers Weekly"Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) had a virtually unique role as a modernist painter. He was notable not only for his powerful canvases but for his poetry and essays. Townsend Ludington's astute portrait of the artist focuses upon his cosmopolitan sensibility in a generation melding modern art with an American tradition of mystical idealism. . . . Ludington views Hartley as an essential American artist embarked on a spiritual odyssey."—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

My Dear Stieglitz

My Dear Stieglitz Author Marsden Hartley
ISBN-10 1570034788
Year 2002-01
Pages 236
Language en
Publisher Univ of South Carolina Press
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A collection of correspondence between American artist Marsden Hartley and avant-grade impresario and photographer Alfred Stieglitz, this work chronicles the painter's three-year-plus European pilgrimage before and during the inception of WW1.

Speaking for Vice

Speaking for Vice Author Jonathan Weinberg
ISBN-10 0300062540
Year 1993-01-01
Pages 260
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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This book explores the representation of male homosexuality in American art in the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the work of Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley, it uncovers the sexual codes and references in their art and explores how the two men reconciled their production of a self-consciously 'American' art with the representation of their own marginalized status as both homosexuals and avant-garde artists.