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Military Symbols 2

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:
62.15.2
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. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Twentieth–Century American Drawing: Three Avant-garde Generations," January 23–March 21, 1976, no. 50.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Twentieth–Century American Drawing: Three Avant-garde Generations," May 27–July 11, 1976, no. 43.

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.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Magie der Zahl: In der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts," February 1–May 19, 1997, no. 2.13.

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

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