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Landscape, New Mexico by Marsden Hartley
Landscape, New Mexico by Marsden Hartley

Landscape, New Mexico, 1919

Marsden Hartley

Brick-red rocks and blue-green sage line a canyon beneath indigo mountains, white clouds and a mottled blue sky. The artist renders the tumble of rocks with thick daubs of paint and strong black outlines, which give their shapes volume and heft. He applies paint in a more diffuse film to create the gauzy branches of the desert sage plants. Black shadows between the rocks suggest late afternoon. Hartley was drawn to northern New Mexico for its “altar like” mountains and immense blue skies. He described his sojourn in Taos as “an American discovering America.”

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