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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.




Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

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In this painting, Marsden Hartley depicted an imagined scene in which the fallen trees of a New England forest in the foreground transition to the golden hills of New Mexico beyond. Weary of the East Coast, the artist spent 18 months in the Southwest in 1918–19, believing that he could find rejuvenation in nature. Here, thick black lines define the Southwestern landscape, which he saw as alive with expressive potential. He wrote to 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.” Like many artists who lived in New England at this time, he pictured the Southwest as uninhabited and unspoiled, overlooking the centuries of civilizations in the region.


On View, Gallery 265


Arts of the Americas


Marsden Hartley


The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico


United States (Artist's nationality)


c. 1918–1919


Oil on cardboard


61 × 76.3 cm (24 × 30 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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