Franconia Notch (Mt. Lafayette, Franconia Notch, N.H.) (Primary Title)

Marsden Hartley, American, 1877 - 1943 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 30 1/4 × 35 in. (76.84 × 88.9 cm)
Framed: 39 3/8 × 44 1/2 in. (100.01 × 113.03 cm)
Not on view
Painted by Marsden Hartley on his return to America after an extended stay in Europe, Franconia Notch is a quintessential expression of the leading modernist’s self-proclaimed “Americanness” at a time of growing cultural nationalism. It also marks a critical juncture for the New Englander who (like his artistic hero Paul Cézanne) had long embraced mountains as a persistent motif and a spiritual and creative metaphor. Hartley dubbed the enduring and intensely personal associations with such scenes his “mountain madness”; more than one-third of his production consists of such imagery.
Inscribed on verso in artist’s hand: Mt. Lafayette/Franconia Notch/N.H./1930/Marsden Hartley
Inscribed on verso in artist's hand: Mt. Lafayette/Franconia Notch/N.H./1930/Marsden Hartley
J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
Marsden Hartley-New Paintings-Landscapes-New Hampshire-Still Lifes-Paris and Aix-en-Provence, An American Place, New York, opened Dec. 15, 1930
Pictures of New England by a New Englander, Downtown Gallery, New York, 1932Marsden Hartley, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1980
Marsden Hartley: Paintings and Drawings, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, Jan. 8-Feb. 27, 1988
A Gallery's Perspective: Modernist Painting and Sculpture in America: The Past25 Years at Salander-O'Reilly, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, Nov. 4-Dec. 4, 1999
Marsden Hartley, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Jan. 18-April 20, 2003 (traveled to The Phillips Collection, Washington, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City)
American Masters and Their European Muses, Portland Museum of Art, Maine, June 24-Oct. 17, 2004
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