A view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a mountain ridge in the south of France, where Marsden Hartley lived in the late 1920s. The view and brushwork are clear homages to Paul Cézanne, but the vibrant palette, with its hot pinks and brilliant blues, is all Hartley. In this painting, the mountain consumes the canvas, there are no roads or trees, the intervening distance has been compressed. Bands of color suggest varying terrain and the play of light across the mountain. A pinkish cloud extends across the top of the canvas, like an arm reaching to envelope the peak.
Hartley created at least four other paintings of this view: Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1927, Des Moines Art Center; Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1927, Collection of Elaine and Henry Kaufman; and at least two in private collections. In each work he explored slightly different foregrounds, sometimes including trees or a road, and experimented with the shading on the mountain and the treatment of the sky.
[Carroll-Knight Gallery, Inc., Saint Louis, MO];
Private Collection, Saint Louis, MO;
By descent to a Private Collection, New York;
[Martha Parrish and James Reinish, Inc.];
Private Collection, Massachusetts, c. 1996;
Private Collection, New York, 1998;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY];
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Tulsa. Philbrook Museum of Art. From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection (February 8-May 3, 2015); Phoenix. Phoenix Art Museum (June 5-September 6, 2015); Santa Fe. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (September 25, 2015-January 10, 2016).
New York. The Met Breuer. Marsden Hartley’s Maine (March 15-June 18, 2017); Waterville, ME. Colby College Museum of Art (July 8-November 12, 2017).
Lewiston, ME. Bates College Museum of Art. Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts. September 20-November 19, 2021.
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Elizabeth McCausland Papers, Other Research Files: Notes on Dating and Style, 1950-1953, undated. Box 18, Folder 36, Frame 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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