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Military

1914–1915
(American, 1877–1943)
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.)
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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.
Military

Military

1914–1915

Marsden Hartley

(American, 1877–1943)
America, 20th century

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