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Marsden Hartley
Born 1877 in Lewiston, ME
Died 1943 in Ellsworth, ME
Backwaters Up Millinocket Way, 1939-40

oil paint on millboard
22 x 28 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection

Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2003.2

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Hartley was among the vanguard early modernists, which included Alfred Stieglitz, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O’Keeffe. He enjoyed a wide variety of influences and was always experimental, moving between abstraction and representation, figures and landscapes. Intermittently moving from place to place in search of psychologically fulfilling subject matter, he eventually settled in his native Maine, where he celebrated the region's rugged simplicity with expressive, physical paint handling.