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Marsden Hartley
IRON IN THE ROCK
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LOT SOLD. 362,500 USD
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Marsden Hartley
IRON IN THE ROCK
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 362,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Marsden Hartley
1877 - 1943
IRON IN THE ROCK
signed Marsden Hartley., titled Iron in the rock. and dated Dogtown 1931. (on the reverse)
oil on board
18 by 21 7/8 inches
(45.7 by 55.6 cm)
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This painting is included in Gail R. Scott’s Marsden Hartley Legacy Project.

Provenance

The artist
Estate of the above
Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, 1944 (acquired from the above)
Private collection, 1960 (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owners

Exhibited

New York, The Downtown Gallery, Marsden Hartley: Pictures of New England by a New Englander, April-May 1932, no. 15
New York, The Downtown Gallery, Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings by the Artists of the United States, n.d., no. 32

Literature

Elizabeth McCausland, Marsden Hartley Catalogue Raisonné Research, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., box 15, folder 4, frames 22-23
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Volume of Photographs of Paintings, Pastels and Drawings from the Estate of Marsden Hartley, Washington, D.C., no. 71, illustrated

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Gail R. Scott for preparing the following note:

Inspired and energized by his discovery in 1931 of a stretch of glacial moraine near Gloucester, Massachusetts called Dogtown Common, Marsden Hartley painted over twenty works depicting the rugged, boulder-strewn landscape.  Iron in the Rock, with its massive outcrop of jagged, rust-red rock, surrounded by scrubby vegetation and silhouetted against a clear blue sky and single oval cloud, is a prime and fresh example of this important series. Describing the brilliant November light as "strange and other-worldly," Hartley could have been referring to Iron in the Rock when he commented that the paintings were "like sunlit bronze sculpture – so deep and majestic."

American Art

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