This exhibition will explore Marsden Hartley’s complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state—from the lush Post-Impressionist inland landscapes with which he launched his career, to the later roughly rendered paintings of Maine’s rugged coastal terrain, its hardy inhabitants, and the magisterial Mount Katahdin.
Hartley’s renowned abstract German series, New Mexico recollections, and Nova Scotia period have been celebrated in previous exhibitions, but Marsden Hartley’s Maine will illuminate Maine as a critical factor in understanding the artist’s high place in American art history. Maine served as an essential slate upon which he pursued new ideas and theories. It was a lifelong source of inspiration intertwined with his personal history, cultural milieu, and desire to create a regional expression of American modernism.
In keeping with The Met Breuer’s mission to present modern art in the context of the history of art, this exhibition will include select works from The Met collection by other artists who shaped Hartley’s vision, including French modernist Paul Cézanne, Japanese printmakers Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, and American painters Winslow Homer and Albert Pinkham Ryder.
At the Met, the exhibition is made possible by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund.
It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art.
The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Charles Butt, and Laura and Robert W. Stone.
Related Publications and Press
By Donna M. Cassidy, Elizabeth Finch, and Randall R. Griffey
Contributions by Richard Deming, Isabelle Duvernois, Andrew Gelfand, and Rachel Mustalish
Exhibition review: Noah Dillon, Marsden Hartley’s Maine, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2017
Exhibition review: Mark Feeney, The wonders of ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’, The Boston Globe, March 2017
Exhibition review: Deborah Solomon, Marsden Hartley and His Maine Act, WNYC, March 2017
Exhibition review: Jerry Weiss, “I Wish to Declare Myself the Painter from Maine.”, Linea, March 2017
Exhibition review: Beth J. Harpaz, Maine in Manhattan: Marsden Hartley landscapes at Met Breuer, Sun Herald, March 2017
Exhibition review: Holland Cotter, ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine,’ His Muse, First and Last, The New York Times, March 2017
Exhibition review: James Panero, ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’ Review: A Vagabond Painter Looks for Home, The Wall Street Journal, March 2017
Exhibition review: Holland Cotter, True North: ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’ at the Met Breuer, The New York Times, March 2017
Exhibition review: Lindsay Tice, Marsden Hartley’s Maine. Finally., Lewiston Sun Journal, February 2017