[Item #6226] Marsden Hartley. Bruce Robertson, Marsden Hartley.
Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley

ISBN: 0810934167
New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. "Marsden Hartley is that rare figure in American public life, an artist with a second act. Within five years of his first New York exhibition he was on the threshold of an important international career as one of the few Americans painting original abstractions just as abstraction itself was being developed. Then World War One demolished his plans. Thirty years later, as the United States entered World War Two, Hartley rediscovered his voice, one with the power to speak to later generations. At his death in 1943, he was painting as strongly as he had in his youth and was considered one of the most important American painters of his generation, a reputation which has grown stronger and more complex with every new generation of artists and audiences." So Bruce Roberston opens this impressive and provocative book. Hartley belonged to the circle of avant-garde artists surrounding Alfred Steiglitz- which included Georgia O'Keefe, John Marin, and Charles Demuth. Of all these modernists, Hartley was the only one who made his way to Germany, finding inspiration in Vassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. He brought to American art a vision like no other." (from front flap, in turn quoting first paragraph of Introduction, pg. 7) A study of the life & work of Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), the great & highly influential American Modernist painter, poet & author. Hartley's artworks & writings also pioneered an increasingly overt homoeroticism during his "second act" period. Author Bruce Robertson (b. 1955) is a most-respected American art historian, curator & academician. With many reproductions, just over half in color, of the artworks that chronicle the evolution & phases of Hartley's remarkable output. Hardcover in unclipped illustrated dust jacket, an exemplary, luxurious Abrams production. Presumed first edition, first printing, though neither explicated as such at copyright page per earlier custom of this venerable publisher. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travellers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books- the dearly beloved parents of this grieving writer. A wonderfully informative & collectible Hartley volume in its rarest contemporary form, with distinguished provenance. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of rubbing to dark blue-colored cloth front, back covers & spine (gilt letters at spine appear completely bright & intact); a bit of wear, a few bumps & creases, & a hint of fading at edges & corners of same; several very small/tiny spot-stains at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with small, moderately soiled sticker of previous seller, the legendary Strand bookstore in NYC, at blank white front paste-down near upper right corner; very slight browning to blank white paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges). Dust jacket relatively quite fine-verging-on-very-fine with very light rubbing, mostly faint scratching to esp. front, back covers & spine; some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Fine- Very Fine. [Item #6226]

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