Mount Katahdin, Autumn No. 1

Mt Katahdin Northeast Piscataquis, ME 04462
Oil on canvas
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL – Anna R. and Frank M. Hall Charitable Trust
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When he was 62 years old, American painter Marsden Hartley made a pilgrimage to Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in his home state of Maine. This painting commemorates that accomplishment and captures a view of the mountain beloved by decades of American writers and painters, including Frederic E. Church, who painted the mountain for forty years. Mount Katahdin, Autumn No. 1 embraces the modernist potential of the famous mountain while capturing a vivid sense of Hartley’s intimate relationship to his native countryside.