Military

Military

1914-1915

Marsden Hartley

(American, 1877-1943)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 73.5 x 63.5 x 3.5 cm (28 15/16 x 25 x 1 3/8 in.); Unframed: 60.6 x 50.2 cm (23 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Gift of Professor Nelson Goodman 1981.83

Fun Fact

Hartley was one of the first modern artists to paint abstractions.

Description

This abstract portrait is a memorial tribute to a German lieutenant named Karl von Freyburg with whom Hartley had been in love. The artist described von Freyburg’s death as an "unendurable agony," and created a series of deeply personal paintings in response. Here the shapes and color patterns suggest flags, banners, targets, epaulets, and other military paraphernalia.

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