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[Standing Male Figure (front view)]

Marsden Hartley, American, (Lewiston, ME, January 4, 1877 - September 2, 1943, Ellsworth, ME)

This and the next drawing—the back view (1955.1.77) are rendered in the same manner, with more modeling and shading than the rest of the Old Orchard series. Using diagonal strokes and rubbing, Hartley's intent here seems to be a more developed graphic representation of the muscleman concept, which eventually culminated in the Madawaska Acadian Light-Heavy oils. The bodily elements that stand out in the drawing as a result of these modeling techniques have a similar striking effect in the paintings: huge arms and pectoral muscles, chest hair, and articulation of genitals. And, as is so often the case with these figures, while the hands are big, the rendering of them is scant—sometimes merely elongated single lines, and one arm is longer than the other.

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