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Winter Wind—Maine Coast

Marsden Hartley, American, (June 4, 1877–September 2, 1943)

Creation date: 1941
Creation place: United States

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation
Accession Number: 1973.134
State/Province: Maine
Dimensions: 20 3/16 in. x 16 3/16 in. (51.28 cm x 41.12 cm)
Currently on view


Marsden Hartley, ( - 1943)

Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, New York ( - 1960)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 13, 1973 - )

Sotheby's, New York, New York (December 14, 1973 - December 14, 1973)

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Maine figured prominently in Marsden Hartley’s life. He was born in the town of Lewiston, spent summers and autumns in the final years of his life in the fishing village of Corea, and died in Ellsworth. Hartley was inspired by different aspects of Maine, and beach scenes, lobsters, churches, and lighthouses appear in his later work. Most conspicuously, the seascapes of Maine inspired many compositions, including Winter Wind—Maine Coast. During his last years, Hartley could rarely afford canvas, so he more often painted on Masonite or composition board, making this one of his few works on canvas from this time. The loose brushstrokes are typical of his work from this period but the pop of pink color adds something unexpected to the composition. Hartley’s vision of the Maine coast makes for an interesting comparison with an earlier painting by George Bellows (1882–1925), Lobster Cove, Monhegan, Maine (1913), also included in this exhibition.
October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director Collections & Exhibitions
Marsden Hartley
American • 1877–1943
Winter Wind—Maine Coast
Oil on canvas • 1941
Although born in Maine, Hartley spent his youth in Ohio where he first studied art. Moving to New York to study at the Chase School and the National Academy of Design, he met Alfred Stieglitz and Albert Pinkham Ryder, both of whom influenced his artistic development. Throughout his career, he travelled extensively, spending more than a decade in Europe where he worked through a wide range of modernist styles from Post- Impressionism to Cubism, Expressionism and Symbolism. Settling permanently in Maine in 1937, where he had often summered since 1900, Hartley created a rich series of land and seascapes with strong, simplified forms that emphasize the power of nature.
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation
Last Updated: 10/20/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Ortra vez Modern and Contemporary The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/30/2013 - 7/14/2013

Selections of Modern Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2013 - 11/3/2013

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Art of the Americas The San Diego Museum of Art , 9/7/2021 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150

American Twentieth Century Paintings Sotheby's. New York, New York, December 13, 1973-December 14, 1973
Page Number: Lot no. 202, Figure Number: 202

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