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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF RICHARD WARD FOSTER

Marsden Hartley
LEMONS AND PEAR
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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32

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF RICHARD WARD FOSTER

Marsden Hartley
LEMONS AND PEAR
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Marsden Hartley
1877 - 1943
LEMONS AND PEAR
oil on canvas
9 by 10 3/4 inches
(22.9 by 27.3 cm)
Painted circa 1922-3.
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Provenance

Adelaide Shaffer Kuntz, Bronxville (Hartley’s friend and patron)
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, Stamford, Connecticut (acquired from the above and sold: Barridoff Galleries, Portland, Maine, April 7, 1984, lot 29, as Still Life with Pear and Lemons)
Richard Ward Foster (acquired at above sale)

Exhibited

Kantstrasse, Berlin, Private showing in artist’s studio, 1923 (possibly)
New York, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, Still Life Painting by European and American Painters, 1944 (possibly)

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Gail. R. Scott for her assistance in researching and cataloguing this work, and for preparing the following essay.

Lemons and Pear is one of a series of canvases executed by Marsden Hartley in the summer and early fall of 1922 in his Berlin studio on Kantstrasse. These still life paintings (perhaps twenty of them), he reported to Alfred Stieglitz in a letter dated September 24, 1922, were mostly small but “the best painting I’ve ever done…true expression…devoid of all that extraneous passion.”[1] He found that close focus on still life objects (simple compositions of fruit lying on irregular shapes of drapery or on plates or baskets) was salutary in the midst of the chaos and monetary inflation of post-war Berlin, which he found to be “a bowlegged republic” devoid of art, literature, or music. In the same letter he mentions that he has begun to make lithographs of these fruit still lifes.

[1] Hartley to Alfred Stieglitz from Berlin, September 24, 1922, Stieglitz Collection, MS 85, Yale Collection of American Art, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

American Art

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New York