A single calla lily in a vase occupies the center of the painting. The vase is placed in front of a window, the curtain drawn back to reveal a Bermuda shoreline. On the table next to the vase, Hartley placed a red banana. The curve of the banana, which matches the curtain tie in shape and shade, echoes the curving swath of beach beyond the window that disappears from view to the right. The blue of the sky is echoed in the water, with a darker blue suggesting waves, while areas of pink accent the purple hills in the distance.
Hartley made two trips to Bermuda in his life. He first traveled there with Charles Demuth in December 1916, staying until spring 1917. He returned to Bermuda 18 years later, in the summer of 1935, escaping bronchitis and a difficult winter in New York.
[Anderson Galleries sale, New York, May 17, 1921];
Edith Gregor Halpert;
Estate of Edith Gregor Halpert;
[Downtown Gallery, New York, NY];
[Bernard Danenberg Galleries, New York, NY];
[Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY];
Harvey and Françoise Rambach, New Jersey;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY];
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