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Marsden Hartley

Mount Katahdin Autumn No. 1

1877-1943. Born Edmund Hartley in 1877, Lewiston native Marsden Hartley is considered one of America's most accomplished modernist painters. Hartley is known for his dramatic use of color and form, and thick layering of paint. In his teens, Hartley earned scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art before heading to New York City where he studied at the National Academy of Design. Hartley's career was launched in 1909 when the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz offered him a one-man exhibition at this 291 Gallery in New York City. Although Hartley moved to Cleveland, Ohio at age 13, in adulthood he returned often to Maine during the summer. In Maine, Hartley painted many famous works including, "Evening Storm", "Schoodic", and "Lobster Fisherman". In 1943 Hartley died at the age of 66 in Ellsworth, Maine.

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