Marsden Hartley's Maine Randall R. Griffey, Donna Cassidy, Richard Deming, Elizabeth Finch

Publication date:
21 Mar 2017
Metropolitan Museum of Art
184 pages: 241 x 216mm
194 color illus.

Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) was a well-traveled American modernist painter, poet, and essayist, but it is his life-long artistic engagement with his home state of Maine that defines his career. Maine served as a creative springboard, a locus of memory and longing, a refuge, and a means of communion with other artists, such as Winslow Homer, who painted there. This is the first book to look at the artist’s complex relationship with the Pine Tree State, providing a nuanced understanding of Hartley’s impressive range in over 80 works, from the early Post-Impressionist interpretations of seasonal change to the late depictions of Mount Katahdin, the most dramatic and enduring series in his oeuvre. 

Randall Griffey is associate curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Marsden Hartley’s Maine, accompanying an exhibition at the Met Breuer, is as tantalizing for what it omits as for the insights it offers into Hartley’s creative intelligence…Besides examining in-depth both the early and late Maine periods, the present book includes a fine essay on materials and techniques, based on careful examination of a dozen works, which shows a surprising continuity in composition and methods across Hartley’s career.”—Christopher Lyon, Hyperallergic
“[T]he handsomely produced exhibition catalogue includes informative essays and images of provocative comparative works, as well as of the exhibited paintings and drawings.”—Karen Wilkin, The New Criterion