The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
He was a major painter of American Modernism and a poet of some ability; he was also a wanderer, an itinerant, a peripatetic artist, an awkward stranger in the edifice of art. His was a restless spirit—and a restless foot: at any one moment, it seems, he wanted to be where he was not. His biography is Odyssean, three times over: He began in Lewiston, Maine, spent his youth in Cleveland (where he also began his study of art), and then went on to all the places where he thought he would realize his dream: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Bermuda, Taos, Sante Fe, Rome, Florence, Arezzo, the South of France, including Vence (where Matisse had lived) and Aix-en-Provence (Cézanne's center), Dresden, Hamburg, Nova Scotia, and finally, after three score years of travel and its attendant hardship, Maine again, where “he knew it for the first time.” He died, not far from where he had been born 66 years earlier, and proved the sage correct: In order to know one's home, one must sometimes leave it. Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) had left it and was now home for good.
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