Strikingly original in its time, Marsden Hartley's art thrills our contemporary eyes and minds with undeniable vitality. While his gifts as a painter went largely unappreciated and underestimated during his lifetime, Hartley emerges today as one of the greatest artists of the early 20th century.
Featuring more than 80 remarkable paintings and drawings, Marsden Hartley (1877–1943): American Painter presented key examples from all four decades of his career. This retrospective, the first in more than 20 years, confirmed Hartley's final arrival in a place he long sought––on the roster of the most accomplished and celebrated American artists of the modern era.
The accompanying exhibition catalog MarsdenHartley (ISBN 0300097670) was published in 2002 by Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
The exhibition was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. The Kansas City venue was supported by the Marguerite M. Peet Museum Trust, Marguerite Peet Foster and UMB Bank, n.a., co-trustees; DST Systems, Inc.; and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for special exhibitions. Midwest Airlines was the official airline sponsor.
Marsden Hartley, American (1877-1943). Down East Young Blades, ca. 1940. Oil on Masonite-type hardboard, 40 x 30 in. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. The Douglas Tracy Smith and Dorothy Potter Smith Fund, The Dorothy Clark Archibald and Thomas L. Archibald Fund, The Evelyn Bonar Storrs Trust Fund, The American Paintings Purchase Fund, and The Krieble Family Fund for American Art, 1999.11.1.