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Marsden Hartley's Maine

Randall Griffey, Donna Cassidy, Richard Deming (Contributions by), Elizabeth Finch


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Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) was a well-traveled American modernist painter, poet, and essayist, but it is his life-long artistic engagement with his home state of Maine that defines his career. Maine served as a creative springboard, a locus of memory and longing, a refuge, and a means of communion with other artists, such as Winslow Homer, who painted there. This is the first book to look at the artist’s complex relationship with the Pine Tree State, providing a nuanced understanding of Hartley’s impressive range in over 80 works, from the early Post-Impressionist interpretations of seasonal change to the late depictions of Mount Katahdin, the most dramatic and enduring series in his oeuvre. 

Praise For Marsden Hartley's Maine

"Marsden Hartley’s Maine, accompanying an exhibition at the Met Breuer, is as tantalizing for what it omits as for the insights it offers into Hartley’s creative intelligence. . . . Besides examining in-depth both the early and late Maine periods, the present book includes a fine essay on materials and techniques, based on careful examination of a dozen works, which shows a surprising continuity in composition and methods across Hartley’s career."—Christopher Lyon, Hyperallergic

"This book provides deeper understanding of his artistic range, particularly as it relates to Maine’s landscapes (including the iconic Mount Katahdin). . . . This great introduction to Hartley’s life and works is recommended for art enthusiasts and students alike."—Library Journal

"[T]he handsomely produced exhibition catalogue includes informative essays and images of provocative comparative works, as well as of the exhibited paintings and drawings."—Karen Wilkin, The New Criterion

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9781588396136, 184pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

About the Author

Randall Griffey is associate curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.