Military Symbols 3

Marsden Hartley American

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This bold design, together with Military Symbols 1 and Military Symbols 2 (MMA 62.15.1 and 62.15.2), reveals 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 this work and Military Symbol 1 refers to the prestigious Queen Elizabeth regiment, to which a Prussian lieutenant, whom Hartley loved, belonged.

Military Symbols 3, Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine), Charcoal on paper

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