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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Title:

Hall of the Mountain King


Artist: Marsden Hartley (1877 - 1943)
Date: ca. 1908-1909
Dimensions:
30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Framed: 38 1/2 × 38 1/2 × 2 1/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.94
Inscriptions: verso, on stretcher, in pencil: The Hall of the Mountain King
Place Depicted:
Terms
On View
Accession Number: 2010.94
ProvenanceAlfred Stieglitz [1864-1946], New York, NY; to Estate of Alfred Stieglitz, 1946; to Erhard Weyhe [1883-1972], 1949, New York, NY; to Gertrude Weyhe Dennis [1915-2003] (his daughter), New York, NY; Private Collection; to (Sotheby's, Inc., New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2005


Label TextIn Hall of the Mountain King, Marsden Hartley breaks from traditional landscape painting by compressing the foreground and background into a single plane. His bright palette and short, paint-loaded brush strokes create the flickering effect of light on a sunny day. Hartley reduces the mountains into stylized waves, and his sculptural use of paint suggests he was less concerned with representing objective reality than in expressing his spiritual approach to depicting nature.
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