Times Article on Artist Marsden-Harden Shows Head Tide Church Painting

An article about an Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring native Maine artist Marsden Hartley appeared in the Art & Design Section of the Sunday New York Times for March 16th 2017.  The Met exhibition explores Hartley's complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state.  The article, which contains images of many paintings from the exhibition, includes a 1938 painting, Church At Head Tide, Maine, on loan from from the Colby Museum of Art, in Waterville.

Church at Head Tide, Maine, Marsden Hartley, 1938

In the summer of 1937, Marsden Hartley returned to Maine, his place of birth and where he would live until his death six years later. He created some of the most powerful works of his career in this period, when he declared himself the “painter from Maine” after years of restless travel. By the late 1930s, the village of Head Tide was in decline and its Congregational Church had been deserted. Hartley emphasized this state of abandonment by depicting the church in the depths of winter, when its stark white exterior was nearly indistinguishable from the snow that surrounded it. Incised lines across the church’s sidewall and the downward strokes that define the facade evoke a sturdily built structure that is nonetheless vulnerable to the passage of time.
— Colby Museum of Art

Visit the following links to view the Times article, the Metropolitan Museum of Art description of the exhibition, and to view the collections at the Colby Museum of Art.