Alexandre Gallery

Marsden Hartley

(American, 1878–1943)

city point, vinalhaven by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

City Point, Vinalhaven, 1937–1938

cynical blue and jovial brown, dogtown by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Cynical Blue and Jovial Brown, Dogtown, 1931

desertion by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Desertion, 1910

insignia with gloves by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Insignia with Gloves, 1936

kennebec river, west georgetown by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Kennebec River, West Georgetown, 1939

landscape no. 20 resurrection by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Landscape No. 20 Resurrection, 1909

Biography

Timeline

1877
Born: Lewiston, Maine (Edmund Hartley- January 4th)
1943
Dies: Maine (September 2nd)
Summer travels in Maine: Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Corea, and Bangor; climbs Mount Katahdin
First solo show at Hudson D. Walker Gallery in New York (contines annual solo shows through 1940); summers in Maine; begins series of portraits of Nova Scotia people; moves to Boston
Last solo show at Stieglitz’s An American Place; Hudson D. Walker becomes Hartley’s new dealer; moves to Portland, Maine
Employed by Works Progress Administration in New York; solo show at Alfred Stieglitz’s An American Place; returns to Eastern Points Island and works on third series of “Dogtown” pictures from memory; Mason sons Donny and Alty drown in hurricane and Hartley’s devastation prompts his return to New York
Poor finances force his destruction of a hundred works of art to escape storage bills; becomes depressed and ill; travels to Bermuda for rehabilitation, then to Nova Scotia where he boards with family of Francis and Martha Mason on Eastern Points Island
Departs Europe, never to return again; spends winters in New York for rest of his life, and summers frequently in Maine and Massachusetts; summers in Gloucester and starts second “Dogtown” series
Sails to Hamburg in April, stays through summer; travels to Bavarian Alps and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in September, stays through winter; long hikes inspire drawings and paintings of these mountains; Hartley begins his autobiography, Somehow a Past
Receives Guggenheim fellowship travel grant and chooses Mexico; summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts and begins first of three series of “Dogtown” paintings; arrives Mexico City, 1932, moves to Cuernavaca; included in the first Whitney Biennial

Exhibitions

2008
Modernidad americana. Obras de la Corcoran Gallery of Art - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
Pretty Ugly - Gavin Brown's Enterprise GBE modern, New York City, NY
Painting in the United States: 1943-1949 - Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
The American Evolution - A History through Art - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection - Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID (solo)
Marsden Hartley and The West: The Search for an American Modernism - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2007
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), El Paso, TX (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, IN (solo)