Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1994

Publication Title

Winterthur Portfolio

Keywords

Marsden Hartley, New England Regionalism

Abstract

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.

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