Marsden Hartley, New England Regionalism
During the depression, Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) redefined his European style of painting to reflect the changing tastes of an American society grown increasingly nativist and isolationist. Americans were searching for a unique style that contrasted with that of Hartley's benefactor and avant-gardist, Alfred Stieglitz. Inspired by the painting of Albert Ryder, Hartley developed a New England regional style in harmony with the regionalist movement. His subjects included the rocky Maine coast, the Mount Katahdin wilderness, and stylized portraits of local folk. His art reflected the tastes of a growing tourist and consumer society.
Cassidy, Donna. 1994. "On the Subject of Nativeness: Marsden Hartley and New England Regionalism".Winterthur Portfolio 29, no. 4 : 27-45.