‘Maine Painter’ Surfaces Hidden Artwork in Bank Vault

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– A painting by American modernist Marsden Hartley that had been hidden from the public for 40 years has been found in a bank vault, an important step towards discovering the works of an increasingly popular artist who saw himself as ” the painter from Maine,” reports the PA. The painting, “Friend Against the Wind”, was completed in 1936, six years before Hartley’s death, and had its last known public exhibition at a Portland gallery in 1980, when it was sold to a private collector. . When the collector died last year, his estate contacted Maine art historian Gail Scott and said the painting had been stored in a Portland bank vault to protect it from theft. .

Scott, who has not revealed the collector’s name, is working with the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, Hartley’s hometown, to catalog the artist’s works, Portland Press Herald reported Monday. This summer, Scott got to see the 12-by-17-inch painting Hartley made in honor of Canadian friends who drowned in a hurricane, the newspaper reported. “It took a few months, but of course I went down to the Key Bank in downtown Portland and the big vault and there was this painting that I had never seen in color and that I didn’t ‘had never seen in person,” Scott told a newspaper. Scott and others knew of the painting’s existence from a black-and-white photo that was included in a 1987 exhibition catalog.

The whereabouts of some 240 of Hartley’s approximately 1,650 paintings or works on paper are unknown. Scott and the Bates Museum, which received the Hartley Memorial Collection from the artist’s heirs, are collaborating on the Marsden Hartley Legacy Project to find his works. “Hartley is increasingly recognized as one of the most important American modernists of the 20th century,” says museum director Dan Mills. “He is also one of the few of his generation and stature who does not have this type of full scholarship.” (Read more art stories.)

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