Mount Katahdin, Autumn, No. 2

Marsden Hartley American

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Beginning in the mid-1930s, Hartley, a restless artist who had previously been associated with the European avant-garde, proclaimed himself to be the "Painter from Maine." Between 1939 and 1942, he created more than eighteen bold paintings of Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin, a geological landmark that, as the northernmost terminus of the Appalachian Trail, resonated with both regional and national symbolism. Hartley’s flat and rough-hewn depiction of form aligns his work with folk art, which audiences and critics embraced throughout the period as inherently American.

Mount Katahdin, Autumn, No. 2, Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine), Oil on canvas

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