Exhibitions/ Art Object

Cemetery, New Mexico

Artist:
Marsden Hartley (American, Lewiston, Maine 1877–1943 Ellsworth, Maine)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
31 5/8 x 39 1/4 in. (80.3 x 99.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.70.49
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
While living between Berlin and Paris in 1923–24, Hartley painted about thirty five "recollections" of the New Mexico landscape he had last seen in 1919. Remembering its sculptural topography, he evokes the "natural wave rhythms" in the land and sky. This scene is more detailed than most in the series and likely depicts the fenced-in graveyard on the Taos Pueblo, located beside the ruins of the missionary church of San Geronimo, where converted native people were buried according to indigenous practices.
Inscription: Signed (lower right, encircled): M. H.
the artist (from 1924; possibly in 1925 to Stieglitz); Alfred Stieglitz, New York (possibly 1925–d. 1946; his estate, 1946–49; gift to MMA)

Anderson Galleries, New York. "Alfred Stieglitz Presents Seven Americans: 159 Paintings, Photographs and Things, Recent and Never Before Publicly [sic] Shown by Arthur G. Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Demuth, Paul Strand, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz," March 9–28, 1925 [possibly one of nos. 26–50 "Landscape and Still Life"].

New York. Grand Central Palace. "Exhibition of One Hundred Important Paintings by Living American Artists," April 15–27, 1929, no. 46 (lent courtesy Intimate Gallery).

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "History of an American, Alfred Stieglitz: '291' and After, Selections from the Stieglitz Collection," July 1–November 1, 1944, no. 248.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in the Metropolitan Museum," June 16–October 29, 1950, unnum. brochure (p. 6).

Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnumbered cat. (p. 53).

Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "14 Americans," July 16, 1990–January 2, 1991, unnum. checklist.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14–June 9, 1991, no. 55.

Miami. Center for the Fine Arts. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 29–August 24, 1991, no. 55.

Omaha. Joslyn Art Museum. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14–November 10, 1991, no. 55.

Tampa Museum of Art. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 14, 1991–February 8, 1992, no. 55.

Greenville, S. C. Greenville County Museum of Art. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 17–May 10, 1992, no. 55.

Madison, Wisc. Madison Art Center. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 6–August 2, 1992, no. 55.

Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Rapids Art Museum. "The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 11–November 8, 1992, no. 55.

Stamford, Conn. Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion. "Modernists in (New) Mexico," September 27–December 27, 1996, unnumbered cat. (p. 14).

Paris. Musée d'Orsay. "New York et l'art moderne: Alfred Stieglitz et son cercle (1905–1930)," October 18, 2004–January 16, 2005, no. 120.

Madrid. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. "Nueva York y el arte moderno: Alfred Stieglitz y su circulo (1905–1930)," February 10–May 16, 2005, no. 120.

Santa Fe. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. "Marsden Hartley and New Mexico," January 25–May 11, 2008, unnumbered cat. (p. 106).

Fort Worth. Amon Carter Museum. "Marsden Hartley and New Mexico," June 6–September 7, 2008, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 105.

Waldo Frank, Lewis Mumford, Dorothy Norman, Paul Rosenfeld, and Harold Rugg, ed. America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait. Garden City, N. Y., 1934, pl. XVa.

Mabel Dodge Luhan. Taos and Its Artists. New York, 1947, p. 164, pl. 26, as "Mountain with Cemetery," collection of Alfred Stieglitz.

Barbara Haskell. Marsden Hartley. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1980, p. 73, fig. 67.

Patricia Janis Broder. The American West: The Modern Vision. Boston, 1984, pp. 148-49, ill.

Lisa Mintz Messinger. "Georgia O'Keeffe." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 42 (Fall 1984), p. 34, fig. 34.

Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall. Modernist Painting in New Mexico, 1913–1935. Albuquerque, 1984, pp. 50-51, fig. 20.

Maria Costantino. Georgia O'Keeffe. New York, 1994, p. 20, ill.

Lois Palken Rudnick. Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture. Albuquerque, 1996, p. 85, ill.

Katja Fauth. Modernist Visions in Taos: Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Artists of the Stieglitz Circle. Marburg, Germany, 2009, pp. 113-14, 146, fig. 21.

Lisa Mintz Messinger in Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 140, 265, no. 105, ill. (color).



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