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Driftwood on the Bagaduce

Artist
Marsden Hartley, American, 1877–1943
Date
1939–40
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Maine, United States, North and Central America
Depicts
Maine, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
30 3/16 × 40 3/16 in. (76.6 × 102 cm)
framed: 36 1/2 × 46 1/2 in. (92.7 × 118.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
387:1955
NOTES
The dry branches of driftwood and harsh black outlines give this image an angular and frenetic energy. Artist Marsden Hartley reduced nature to essential forms and a stark color palette. In 1937, Hartley returned to Maine, his native state and the location of the Bagaduce River represented in this painting. Hartley asserted, “I wish to declare myself the painter from Maine.” His subsequent works, like this one, explore the landscape, seas, and natural elements that characterize the state.
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