Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943)
No visible signature, identified, titled, and dated ".../...1927" on an exhibition label from The American Federation of Arts, New York (see below), and with labels from Babcock Galleries, New York, all affixed to a piece of a previous frame backing attached to the current frame backing, and with an exhibition label from Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina (see below), affixed to the frame backing.
Pencil on paper, 22 1/2 x 31 in. (57.0 x 78.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Deckled edges, pale toning and soiling near edges, repaired tears c.l. and c.r., small tear u.l., dog-ear creases near l.l. and u.r. corners, floated within the frame, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: The artist, circa 1927-1943; estate of the artist (Estate #379), 1943-1959; Babcock Galleries, New York, 1959-1965; collection of Michael St. Clair, New York, 1965-1996; private collection, Corpus Christie, 1996-2001; private collection, New York, 2001 to present.
Literature: John Driscoll and Townsend Ludington, Charles Philip Kuntz, Marsden Hartley: Arising and Converging in Aix (Greenville, South Carolina: Greenville County Museum of Art, 2014).
Exhibitions: Marsden Hartley, 100 Works 1924-1927, The Intimate Gallery, New York, January 1929 (probably); Marsden Hartley-New Paintings, An American Place, New York, December 13, 1930-January 18, 1935 (possibly); Marsden Hartley, organized by The American Federation of Arts, New York, venues included McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, December 1-30, 1960, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, February 2-March 6, 1961, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 25-October 31, 1961, City Art Museum, St. Louis, November 15-December 15, 1961, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 1-31, 1962, cat. no. 60; Arlie Kuntz, Marsden Hartley and American Modernism, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina, August 6-September 21, 2014; Art is Long, Life is Short: Marsden Hartley and Charles Kuntz in Aix-en-Provence, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, New York, January 15-March 7, 2015.
N.B. One of the labels from Babcock Galleries, New York, notes the estate number 379.
This drawing is included in Gail R. Scott's Marsden Hartley Legacy Project: The Complete Paintings and Works on Paper with Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine.
The sheet is hinged to the backing in two places near the upper corners on the reverse. The repaired horizontal tear at center left measures approximately 1 1/8 inch. The repaired horizontal tear at center right measures approximately 1 inch. The small tear at upper left measures approximately 1/8 inch. There are faint scattered handling creases. There is staining to the reverse.
Inscribed "#36/Mt. St. Victoire/$200." in pencil on the reverse. Babcock Galleries ink stamp applied in two places on the reverse
Framed dimensions: 32 1/2 x 41 x 1 1/2 in.
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