Red Tree

  • Marsden Hartley, Red Tree, 1910, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Flora E. H. Shawan from the Ferdinand Howald Collection, 1966.33.1

Marsden Hartley’s mother died when he was young, and he found comfort and companionship in the countryside around his home. This affinity for nature remained with him his entire life, and he traveled to many countries to paint the landscape. (Kornhauser, Marsden Hartley, 2002) He spent the summer of 1910 in North Lovell, Maine, creating brightly colored images of the mountains and forests. In Red Tree, Hartley placed the viewer at the top of a hill, looking down through the dense trees to a small clearing. The bulbous shapes, curved trunks, and vivid colors create an intense scene that reflects the artist’s restless energy.

The inherent magic in the appearance of the world about me, engrossed and amazed me. No cloud or blossom or bird or human ever escaped me.” Hartley, Adventures in the Arts, 1921, reprinted in Kornhauser, Marsden Hartley, 2002

Red Tree
1411 78 in. (35.630.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Flora E. H. Shawan from the Ferdinand Howald Collection

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oil on fiberboard
  • Landscape – tree
  • Landscape – road – path
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