Still Life No. 15

A work made of oil on composition board.

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  • A work made of oil on composition board.

Date:

c. 1917

Artist:

Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

About this artwork

Marsden Hartley turned to still-life painting throughout his career, restlessly using the genre as a means of aesthetic experimentation as he worked out new ideas, styles, and motifs. During the 1910s, influenced by the works of Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, he produced numerous compositions, including Still Life No. 15, a spare arrangement of a white goblet holding a lone pink flower against a backdrop of cream and blue fabric. Unlike many works by Hartley from this period, which emphasize the two-dimensionality of his canvases, here he conveyed a sense of the shallow dark space behind the arrangement on its skewed tabletop. Using a dry, brushy style, Hartley suggested the volumetric presence of the objects through the shading that accentuates the form of the goblet and the deep folds of the fabric.

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American Art

Artist

Marsden Hartley

Title

Still Life No. 15

Origin

United States

Date

1912–1922

Medium

Oil on composition board

Dimensions

59.4 × 49.5 cm (23 3/8 × 19 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.547

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