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The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico

A work made of oil on cardboard.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on cardboard.




Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943

About this artwork

In 1918 Marsden Hartley went to New Mexico in search of an appropriate subject for an authentic American modern art. In the artist’s 18 months there, the Southwest inspired him to reengage with nature and more realistic representational modes. Hartley described the scenery to his dealer, Alfred Stieglitz: “I like the country very well for it is big and clean and true, and there is nothing dirty standing between one and the sunlight, as there is in the east.” In The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico, Hartley celebrated leaving the exhausted East for the unspoiled landscape of the Southwest, which he felt offered weary Americans an opportunity for rejuvenation in nature.


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Arts of the Americas


Marsden Hartley


The Last of New England—The Beginning of New Mexico


United States


c. 1918–1919


Oil on cardboard


61 × 76.3 cm (24 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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