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Military  1915

by Marsden Hartley

This abstract portrait is a memorial tribute to one of the earliest casualties of the First World War, a German lieutenant named Karl von Freyburg with whom Hartley had been in love. The artist described von Freyburg’s death as an "unendurable agony," and created a series of deeply personal paintings in response. Typical of Hartley’s work of the period, the composition is ...
60.60 x 50.20 cm (23 13/16 x 19 3/4 inches)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art