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    Sale 2058

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    4 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

    Flowers in a Vase

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    Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
    Flowers in a Vase
    oil and silver foil on glass
    17¼ x 16 in. (43.8 x 40.6 cm.)
    Painted circa 1917.

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    During his time in Europe from 1912 to 1915, Marsden Hartley became acquainted with Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinksy and the Blaue Reiter group, who introduced him to various traditional Bavarian folk arts such as the reverse-oil-on-glass (hinterglasbilder) painting tradition, of which Kandinsky was particularly fond. Although this was his first exposure to the art form, it was not until 1917, after he had returned to America, that Hartley experimented with works on glass. He spent that summer at an art colony in Ogunquit, Maine sponsored by the art critic and patron, Hamilton Easter Field, who "had recently begun collecting nineteenth century American folk art, and he encouraged the young modernists at his colony to use the older art as a source for developing a quintessential American aesthetic." (K. Wilson in E.M. Kornhauser, ed., Marsden Hartley, New Haven, Connecticut, 2002, p. 301)


    Ettie Stettheimer, New York.
    Carl Sprinchorn, New York.
    Solomon Estate, New York, acquired from the above, 1967.
    Sotheby's, New York, 6 June 1997, lot 114.
    Michael Altman & Co., Inc., New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1997.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection


    The Museum of Modern Art, Lyonel Feininger and Marsden Hartley, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1944, p. 91.


    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Lyonel Feininger and Marsden Hartley, 1944.