As an homage to Paul Cézanne, the modernist Marsden Hartley spent a period living and working in the French artist’s favorite landscape, Aix-en- Provence, in the South of France. As Cézanne had done, Hartley depicted the distinctive profile of Mont Sainte-Victoire repeatedly. In this spare drawing, he captured the stark monumentality and sculptural contours of the mountain while using a flatter and more economical treatment for the foreground valley, where he incorporated large areas of blank paper and rendered structures in faceted planes that evoke Cézanne’s style. Although Hartley was working in front of the natural motif, he envisioned this landscape through the lens of Cézanne’s art.
Graphite on thick, roughly textured, cream-colored wove paper
Sheet: 22 5/8 x 31 3/16 in. (57.5 x 79.2 cm) (show scale)
On verso: Inscribed in graphite in center, "Estate No 530E / Mt St. Victoire / $250-"
In corner, inscribed in graphite "#35 Hartley / Mt. St. Victoire"; stamped "eva lee's gallery / 59A cutter mill road / great neck, l. i. n. y."; and inscribed in ink, "ESTATE # 530E."
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Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1926-1927. Graphite on thick, roughly textured, cream-colored wove paper, Sheet: 22 5/8 x 31 3/16 in. (57.5 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 61.4.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.4.1_PS6.jpg)
overall, 61.4.1_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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