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The Sustained Comedy, (painting)

Title: Portrait of an Object, (painting)Sustained Travesty, (painting)O Big Earth, (painting)
Painter:
Hartley, Marsden 1877-1943
Subject:
Hartley, Marsden
Medium:
Oil on academy board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 Accession Number: 76.64
Date:
1939
Notes:
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin, "Marsden Hartley," New Haven, CT: Yale University Press in association with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 2002, pl. 72.
Robertson, Bruce, "Marsden Hartley," New York: Harry N. Abrams (in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution), 1995, pg. 9.
Strazdes, Diana, "American paintings and sculpture to 1945 in the Carnegie Museum of Art," New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Carnegie Museum of Art, 1992.
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, 1990.
Haskell, Barbara, " Marsden Hartley," New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1980, cat. 87.
"Marsden Hartley and Nova Scotia," Halifax: Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 1987, pg. 162.
Summary:
Self-portrait of the artist embodying several emblems and symbols in exploration of his artistic identity. He wears a sleeveless undershirt with an image of crucified Christ superimposed on Atlas, war paint on his face, an earring in his one ear, and tattoos depicting a butterfly, camellia, starfish and naked woman. There is a sailing ship at his chest and a pierced heart at his throat, arrows in his eyes, flowers rooted on one shoulder and a bird perched in a nest on the other. A thunderbolt strikes his forehead and butterflies flutter around his head.
Topic:
Portrait male--Self Portrait
Portrait male--Waist length
Occupation--Art--Painter
Animal--Insect--Butterfly
Emblem
Religion
Allegory
Control number:
IAP 46470301
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_356971

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