Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine)
Charcoal on paper
24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (61.6 x 46.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1962
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. 51.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Twentieth–Century American Drawing: Three Avant-garde Generations," May 27–July 11, 1976, no. 44.
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Magie der Zahl: In der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts," February 1–May 19, 1997, no. 2.12.
Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, pp. 59–60, ill.