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Lobster Fishermen by Marsden Hartley
Lobster Fishermen by Marsden Hartley

Lobster Fishermen, 1940

Marsden Hartley

A group of lobster fishermen, some standing on a dock with their lobster traps beside them, some sitting on a raft or pile of logs, fills this painting’s foreground. Behind, we see a seascape with islands or peninsulas. Here, Hartley depicts working people in his home state of Maine in a “primitive” style reminiscent of folk art. The blocky shapes and odd perspective lend an element of abstraction; the artist spent many years experimenting with abstract form and color before returning to more representational style.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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