Born in Lewiston, Maine as Edmund Hartley in 1877, Mardsen Hartley was raised by his aunt. He moved to Cleveland in 1877 to be with his father and stepmother, Martha Marsden, whose surname he adopted as his first name. In 1898, he began studying at the Cleveland School of Art on a scholarship and was then awarded a five-year stipend to study in New York. In 1909, Alfred Stieglitz gave Hartley his first solo exhibition at his 291 Gallery; in 1912 a second successful show was mounted, enabling Hartley to visit Europe and meet many of the modernist artists whose work had influenced him. He remained there until 1915; once back in New York, Hartley traveled frequently, especially to Bermuda and New Mexico, two of his main landscape subjects, as well as across Europe, always inspired by his natural surroundings and painting landscapes. Hartley moved to Maine in 1937 and continued to paint until his death there in 1943.
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