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Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Co-owned by Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.
Title:

Still Life No. 1


Artist: Marsden Hartley (1877 - 1943)
Date: 1916
Dimensions:
11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (28.6 x 21 cm)
Framed: 12 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 1 in. (44.1 x 35.7 x 5.1 cm)
Medium: Reverse oil on glass
Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Co-owned by Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
On View
Accession Number: ASC.2012.63
Provenanceacquired from the Artist by Alfred Stieglitz [1864-1946], New York, NY; by bequest to Georgia O’Keeffe [1887-1986] (his wife), New York, NY, 1946; given to Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 1949; to Fisk University, Nashville, TN, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (owned jointly), 2012
Label TextReverse painting on glass is a centuries-old form, used by artists from a wide range of cultures and time periods. For this technique, the artist applies paint to the back of the glass surface, with the resulting image then viewed from the opposite side. Marsden Hartley admired European and American folk art reverse painting on glass from the nineteenth century. He experimented with the technique in a number of still life paintings.
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