Marsden Hartley, ‘Painting Number 49, Berlin’, 1914-1915, Seattle Art Museum

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Partial and promised gift of the Barney A. Ebsworth Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum

About Marsden Hartley

A seminal modernist and member of Alfred Stieglitz’s groudbreaking circle, Marsden Hartley painted easel-sized landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and abstract compositions based on pre-World War I German military paraphernalia and medals. He was deeply attached to nature, and his solidly painted forms evoke a primordial geologic power and poetic sense of isolation that transcends observed reality. Exaggerated form, strong outline and flattened space are among Hartley’s signature strategies. During his peripatetic life he painted many of the places he visited, including Maine, Paris, Germany, Mexico, New York, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Gloucester, Nova Scotia, Bermuda, and the south of France. Although working primarily in oil, Hartley also produced a number of pastels over the course of his career and experimented with painting directly on glass.

American, 1877-1943, Lewiston, ME, United States, based in Ellsworth, ME, United States