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Marsden Hartley

(American, 1878–1943)

painting no. 8 by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

Painting No. 8, ca. 1912–1913

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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)