|Object Type||Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection|
|Dimensions||11 3/4 x 9 in. (29.85 x 22.86 cm)|
|Medium||Graphite on white paper|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of Norma Berger, 1955.1.72|
Using scratchy, repeated lines, the artist captures the essence of this muscleman's physique, with its sensuous, slight contrapposto curve of hips and torso. At the same time, Hartley disregards anatomical accuracy (common among his Old Orchard Beach figure studies) in the bulkier left shoulder and unnaturally elongated left arm. This figure, with his thick head of hair, emphasized by dark, heavily drawn lines, is, perhaps a precursor to the three later paintings of Madawaska boxers.
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