|Object Type||Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection|
|Dimensions||7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (18.42 x 12.07 cm)|
|Medium||Graphite on white paper|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of Norma Berger, 1955.1.64|
Here Hartley's idea for the composition of The Lifeguard is taking shape, with the figure of the lifeguard, legs akimbo, slightly striding forward but dominating the space. A seated figure behind him is visible in the arch formed by the lifeguard's bent knees. As has been noted in the Hartley literature, Hartley is looking to Cézanne's The Bather, 1885 (Museum of Modern Art for his inspiration—using much the same pose: slightly striding step forward, hands on hips).
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