The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico

A work made of oil on cardboard.

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  • A work made of oil on cardboard.

Date:

1918/19

Artist:

Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

About this artwork

In 1918 Marsden Hartley went to New Mexico in search of an appropriate subject for an authentic American modern art. In the artist’s 18 months there, the Southwest inspired him to reengage with nature and more realistic representational modes. Hartley described the scenery to his dealer, Alfred Stieglitz: “I like the country very well for it is big and clean and true, and there is nothing dirty standing between one and the sunlight, as there is in the east.” In The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico, Hartley celebrated leaving the exhausted East for the unspoiled landscape of the Southwest, which he felt offered weary Americans an opportunity for rejuvenation in nature.

On View

American Art, Gallery 265

Artist

Marsden Hartley

Title

The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico

Origin

United States

Date

1918–1919

Medium

Oil on cardboard

Dimensions

61 × 76.3 cm (24 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.546

Extended information about this artwork

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