Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Marsden Hartley

(American, 1877–1943)

alpspitze #2 by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

ALPSPITZE #2, 1933

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dogtown by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

DOGTOWN, 1934

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finnish-yankee wrestler by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

FINNISH-YANKEE WRESTLER, ca. 1938–1939

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fruit still life by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

FRUIT STILL LIFE, ca. 1918–1923

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garmisch, bavarian alps by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

GARMISCH, BAVARIAN ALPS, ca. 1933–1934

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green and purple grapes in a basket by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

GREEN AND PURPLE GRAPES IN A BASKET, 1928

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green landscape #3 (dogtown series) by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

GREEN LANDSCAPE #3 (DOGTOWN SERIES), 1936

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still life: goblet and fruit by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

STILL LIFE: GOBLET AND FRUIT

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the little arroyo by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

THE LITTLE ARROYO, 1918

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the wood sawer by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

THE WOOD SAWER, 1908

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three shells by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

THREE SHELLS, 1936

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waxenstein by marsden hartley

Marsden Hartley

WAXENSTEIN, 1933

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Biography

Timeline

1877
Born in Lewiston, ME
1943
Died in Maine
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)