Marsden Hartley, Mountains in Stone, Dogtown, 1931, oil on board, 18 x 24".


Marsden Hartley

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
January 17–April 20

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
July 19–January 11

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
June 7–September 7

It’s too bad this retrospective of Hartley’s paintings is confined to US venues. Like other early-twentieth-century Americans (Sheeler, Demuth), he should be better known beyond his own shores. A restless, brooding, but also childlike sensibility informs all of his stylistic wanderings, culminating in the late grand paintings of mountainous landscapes and of the fishermen of Nova Scotia (portraits tense with Hartley’s sexual longing). Curated by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser of the Atheneum, the show brings together eighty-five paintings and twenty drawings and features a multiauthor scholarly catalogue.