Artist in Focus - Marsden Hartley


Marsden Hartley was born in Maine in 1877. His parents were originally from England and had settled with their nine children. He changed his forename from Edmund to Marsden in his early twenties.

Hartley began his art training at the Cleveland School of Art, where he held a scholarship. At the age of 22, Hartley moved to New York City to study painting under William Merritt Chase, and then attended the National Academy of Design.

Hartley developed his painting abilities by observing Cubist artists in Paris and Berlin. He travelled to Europe for the first time in 1912, and became acquainted with Gertrude Stein's circle of avant-garde artists. Hartley later relocated to Berlin and continued to paint. He became friends with Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and worked in the style of abstract expressionism.

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