Cemetery, New Mexico

Marsden Hartley American

Not on view

While living in Berlin and Paris from 1923 to 1924, Hartley painted about thirty-five recollections of the New Mexico landscape that he had last seen when he visited Taos and Santa Fe in 1918–19. Remembering its sculptural topography, he evoked the natural wave rhythms in the land and sky. This scene is more detailed than most in the series and likely depicts the graveyard on the Taos Pueblo, located beside the ruins of the missionary church of San Geronimo, where converted native people were buried according to indigenous practices. Hartley typically painted from memory, in emulation of American artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917), whom he admired and whose portrait he painted imaginatively in 1938.

#2010. Cemetery, New Mexico, Part 1



  1. 2010. Cemetery, New Mexico, Part 1
  2. 2011. Cemetery, New Mexico, Part 2
Cemetery, New Mexico, Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.