Marsden Hartley's Modern Influences
A companion show to Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913–1915, this exhibition features works from LACMA’s permanent collection that offer examples of the American artistic context Hartley left behind in 1912, the European art he encountered between 1912 and 1915, and the war-era periodicals that circulated in Germany during the artist’s time there.
Both before and after his sojourn in Berlin, Hartley was one of a group of American artists promoted by photographer Alfred Stieglitz through his New York gallery, 291, and in his publication, Camera Work. In Europe, Hartley was deeply influenced by Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group of Munich-based artists which included Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Following the outbreak of World War I, Hartley’s visual experience of Berlin changed profoundly as somber dispatches from the front were disseminated through newspapers and periodicals.
LACMA’s collection includes significant works by artists of Der Blaue Reiter and the Stieglitz circle, and many rare German art periodicals from the World War I era. The selections in this exhibition demonstrate the exceptional confluence of artistic movements and historical events that Hartley experienced during this important period of his career.
Image: Franz Marc, The Birth of Horses, 1913, Woodcut printed in black, red, rose, and green on japan paper, 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, M.82.288.204.