Movements

A multitude of vibrantly colored shapes interweave with one another

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Date:

1913

Artist:

Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

About this artwork

Marsden Hartley painted Movements while living in Berlin, where he met Vasily Kandinsky, whose abstract and highly spiritual art influenced the American painter deeply. Hartley was a central figure of the American avant-garde that exhibited at 291, the New York gallery of Alfred Steiglitz. The title of this intense, vividly colored canvas suggests a musical analogy for its nearly abstract forms, which are rhythmically orchestrated around the central red circle and black triangle. Yet Hartley also drew on his experience of Berlin in Movements; the vigorous forms in the composition, bursting and overlapping in a riotous array, suggest the fast pace of life in the German capital. Although Hartley’s art underwent frequent changes in style and subject, the charged, romantic energy seen here remained a constant presence.

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American Art

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

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