Painting Berlin Stories
Marsden Hartley, Oscar Bluemner, and the First American Avant-Garde in Expressionist Berlin
Year of Publication: 2003
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. 190 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-3066-9 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.420 kg, 0.926 lbs
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In the early twentieth century while French achievement dominated modern painting, important American painters such as Marsden Hartley were working in Berlin. Their disillusionment with French innovation and subsequent embrace of German expressionism brought the premises of American early modernism into sharp focus. Painting Berlin Stories examines the philosophical goals and cultural context of these American painters who discovered they shared a common language of ideas with their contemporaries in expressionist Berlin.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Patricia McDonnell is Chief Curator at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to numerous essays in professional journals and museum publications, McDonnell curated the exhibition and accompanying catalogue Dictated by Life: Marsden Hartley's German Paintings and Robert Indiana's Hartley Elegies.
«While there are other books devoted to some of the key players in this tale of early modern art and while some of the more adventurous general studies of early American modernism take Marsden Hartley's German period into account, in general the scholarly literature is slanted strongly toward the Seine. This work fills an important gap in our understanding of the period and the individual creative artists.» (Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art, University of Kansas)
American University Studies: Series 20, Fine Arts. Vol. 30