Painting No. 48
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
The number 8 seems to explode into the foreground of this painting, separating itself from a vibrant pattern of colors and shapes. Writing from Berlin, where he painted this work, Marsden Hartley revealed that the painting represented the mystical embodiment of “eight” (in many religions, a number associated with transcendence from the material to the spiritual). Although he offered no additional explanation, hints of his experience of pre–World War I Germany emerge in the arrangement of forms that are suggestive of military insignias and the brash sounds of military bands.
Oil on canvas
47 3/16 x 47 3/16in. (119.9 x 119.9cm)
frame: 48 7/16 x 48 7/16 x 2 in. (123 x 123 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Painting No. 48, 1913. Oil on canvas, 47 3/16 x 47 3/16in. (119.9 x 119.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 58.158 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.158_SL1.jpg)
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