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Military Symbols 1

Artist:
Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine)
Date:
1914
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (61.6 x 46.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.15.1
Not on view
These bold designs reveal Hartley’s fascination with the military pageantry he saw in Berlin, where he traveled and lived between 1913 and 1914, until World War I forced him to return to the United States. Working in a manner closely related to Synthetic Cubism, Hartley combined in these drawings various military motifs: flags, uniforms, and medals. The prominent cursive "E" that appears in two of the drawings refers to the prestigious Queen Elizabeth regiment, to which a Prussian lieutenant, whom Hartley loved, belonged.
[David Anderson Gallery, New York, by 1961–62; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors from the Museum's Collections," October 1–December 7, 1969, no catalogue.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Twentieth–Century American Drawing: Three Avant-garde Generations," January 23–March 21, 1976, no. 49.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Twentieth–Century American Drawing: Three Avant-garde Generations," May 27–July 11, 1976, no. 42.

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University Faculty of Arts and Science. "Changes in Perspective: 1880–1925," May 2–June 2, 1978, unnumbered cat. (p. 24).

Minneapolis. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. "Dictated by Life: Marsden Hartley's German Paintings and Robert Indiana's Hartley Elegies," April 14–June 18, 1995.

Chicago. Terra Museum of American Art. "Dictated by Life: Marsden Hartley's German Paintings and Robert Indiana's Hartley Elegies," July 11–September 17, 1995.

Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. "Marsden Hartley," January 17–April 20, 2003, no. 18.

Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, pp. 59–60, ill.

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser in Marsden Hartley. Ed. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser. Exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. New Haven, 2002, p. 18.

Kristina Wilson in Marsden Hartley. Ed. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser. Exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. New Haven, 2002, pp. 295–96, no. 18, ill. p. 88, dates it 1914.

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