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Marsden Hartley's mother died when he was young, and he found comfort and companionship in the countryside around his home. This affinity for nature remained with him his entire life, and he traveled to many countries to paint the landscape. (Kornhauser, Marsden Hartley, 2002) He spent the summer of 1910 in North Lovell, Maine, creating brightly colored images of the mountains and forests. In Red Tree, Hartley placed the viewer at the top of a hill, looking down through the dense trees to a small clearing. The bulbous shapes, curved trunks, and vivid colors create an intense scene that reflects the artist's restless energy.

Credit: Gift of Flora E. H. Shawan from the Ferdinand Howald Collectio...

1910
Oil on fiberboard
35.6 x 30.3cm
1966.33.1
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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