Art: Maine Man

A deaf, weary, unkempt man of 66 died of myocarditis at the little coastal hospital in Ellsworth, Me. in September 1943, and only other painters made much note of the news that Marsden Hartley was gone. But when 111 of his 700-odd works were seen in Manhattan at the Museum of Modern Art's current Hartley exhibition, many critics began to feel that they added up to a major U.S. artistic achievement.

In early life Marsden Hartley had stumbled from school to school and manner to manner, echoing such modern European masters as Cezanne, Seurat, Rousseau, Rouault and the violent German

Expressionists. But as...

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