MARSDEN HARTLEY | DOGTOWN
1877 - 1943
oil on Masonite
19 ⅞ by 25 ⅜ inches
(50.5 by 64.5 cm)
Painted in 1934.
This painting will be included by Gail R. Scott in the forthcoming Marsden Hartley Legacy Project: The Complete Paintings and Works on Paper, Bates College Museum of Art.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work on Masonite is in good condition. The paint layer is stable, cleaned and varnished. Some of Hartley's original color reads quite strongly under ultraviolet light, but there are retouches along the bottom edge and in one area about 1 inch by half an inch in the center of the left side. There are two small spots in the lower left quadrant, two or three retouches to the trees in the upper center, two spots in almost the exact center, and one in the center of the left side.
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Adelaide Kuntz, Bronxville, New York (acquired from the above)
Vera Ditlev-Simonsen (née Steele), Oslo, Norway, 1952 (gift from the above)
By descent to the present owner
Elizabeth McCausland, Marsden Hartley Catalogue Raisonné Research, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., box 15, folder 17, frame 3
(probably) New York, Macbeth Gallery, Marsden Hartley (1877-1943): Paintings and Drawings, November-December 1945, no. 16, n.p.
Of his description of Dogtown, Massachusetts, Hartley once remarked, "...the place is forsaken and majestically lovely as if nature had at last formed one sport where can live for herself alone...[It] looked like a cross between Easter Island and Stonehenge—essentially druidic in its appearance—it gives the feeling that an ancient race might turn up at any moment and renew an ageless rite there" (as quoted in Gail R. Scott, New York, Marsden Hartley, 1988, p. 90).