About this artwork
“I have for the first time since 1922 a real live model a magnificent young feller… . His body is so fine and dear I could work almost without end from him.” So wrote Marsden Hartley about Lionel Daigle, a French-Canadian boxer from the town of Madawaska, Maine, who modeled for a series of paintings by the artist. A Maine native himself, Hartley drew upon local types at this time to create a mythic view of the state’s inhabitants as rugged individualists. Hartley delighted in painting the man’s body, which allowed him to express his own sexuality. He emphasized Daigle’s strong physique, exaggerating his anatomy and originally painting him nude (subsequently adding the brief covering). Ironically, critics in the 1940s applauded the work as a display of heteronormative masculinity.
- Marsden Hartley
- Madawaska—Acadian Light-Heavy
- United States (Artist's nationality:)
- Oil on hardboard
- Signed, inscribed, and dated verso: Madawaska--Acadian / Light-Heavy / Marsden Hartley / 1940.
- 101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.)
- Bequest of A. James Speyer