As an homage to Paul Cézanne, the modernist Marsden Hartley spent a period living and working in the French artist’s favorite landscape, Aix-en- Provence, in the South of France. As Cézanne had done, Hartley depicted the distinctive profile of Mont Sainte-Victoire repeatedly. In this spare drawing, he captured the stark monumentality and sculptural contours of the mountain while using a flatter and more economical treatment for the foreground valley, where he incorporated large areas of blank paper and rendered structures in faceted planes that evoke Cézanne’s style. Although Hartley was working in front of the natural motif, he envisioned this landscape through the lens of Cézanne’s art.
- Artist: Marsden Hartley, American, 1877-1943
- Medium: Graphite on thick, roughly textured, cream-colored wove paper
- Dates: 1926-1927
- Dimensions: Sheet: 22 5/8 x 31 3/16 in. (57.5 x 79.2 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: On verso: Inscribed in graphite in center, "Estate No 530E / Mt St. Victoire / $250-" In corner, inscribed in graphite "#35 Hartley / Mt. St. Victoire"; stamped "eva lee's gallery / 59A cutter mill road / great neck, l. i. n. y."; and inscribed in ink, "ESTATE # 530E."
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 61.4.1
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: © Estate of Marsden Hartley, Yale University Committee on Intellectual Property
- Caption: Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1926-1927. Graphite on thick, roughly textured, cream-colored wove paper, Sheet: 22 5/8 x 31 3/16 in. (57.5 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 61.4.1. © Estate of Marsden Hartley, Yale University Committee on Intellectual Property
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)