Lifeguard, drawn on a paperboard, is a figure study of a lifeguard at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The figure is seated with his legs crossed, body facing the viewer, while he looks off to the left. He fills the composition: Hartley emphasized his arms and torso, his legs seemingly crammed at the bottom of the page, his foot and the top of his head both cut off by the edge of the paperboard.
Hartley first visited Old Orchard Beach, located on the coast between Portland and Kennebunkport, in 1928. He returned in the 1940s, producing drawings of bathers including Four Bathers at Old Orchard Beach, 1940, in the Bates College Museum of Art, which harken back to the figure studies he produced in Berlin in the 1920s and suggest comparisons to Cézanne’s bathers.
Estate of The Artist;
[Eva Lee Gallery, Great Neck, NY];
Private Collection, Great Neck, NY;
[Christie’s, American Art Online, May 17-24, 2017];
[Owings Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Greenvale, New York. C.W. Post College Art Gallery, Long Island University. Marsden Hartley Retrospective, November 6-December 14, 1977.
Lewiston, ME. Bates College Museum of Art. Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts (September 20-November 19, 2021); New York. The Vilcek Foundation (March 10-June 16, 2023).