Movements

A multitude of vibrantly colored shapes interweave with one another

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  • A multitude of vibrantly colored shapes interweave with one another

Date:

1913

Artist:

Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

About this artwork

Unlike many other American artists, Marsden Hartley was more drawn to German Expressionism than to French modernism, and executed this painting in Berlin. Made on the eve of World War I, Movements possesses a turbulent energy that sparks associations with both the vibrancy of modern Berlin and movements of music. Like the Russian Expressionist painter Vasily Kandinsky, Hartley sought to make his work more like music, which he admired for its nonnarrative nature and its potential to be purely spiritual or separate from material reality.

On View

American Art, Gallery 271

Artist

Marsden Hartley

Title

Movements

Origin

United States

Date

1913

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

119.5 × 119 cm (47 × 46 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.544

Extended information about this artwork

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