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Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley

A leading member of the American Modernist painters, Hartley (1877-1943) came to invent one of the most innovative painting styles of the early 20th century. A prominent figure in the group of artists cultivated by the influential curator and photographer Alfred Stieglitz, Hartley was introduced to French avant-garde styles and innovative German painters which led him to experiment with an abstract style, expressive landscapes, and unconventional portraits. His later work is characterized by fractured imagery and textured, roughly rendered surfaces, a reflection of his desire to create a personal expression of American Modernism.