The Virgin of Guadalupe

Marsden Hartley American

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Not long after his return to the United States from Germany, Hartley ventured to New Mexico, where he became enamored of the Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and Indigenous arts of the region. The Virgin of Guadalupe depicts a bulto, a small carved and painted religious statue. Hartley likely based the painting on a specific example of the Virgin Mary to which he had access. Artists and collectors were attracted to bultos because they believed them to be made by their (usually anonymous) creators with both directness and sincerity, qualities to which Hartley similarly aspired.

The Virgin of Guadalupe, Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine), Oil and charcoal on paperboard

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