Hartley at Home aims to perpetuate the ongoing conversation about Marsden Hartley's life and work.
On March 23, 1951, the heirs of the
Marsden Hartley estate left a gift to Bates College in compliance with
his wishes, the last remaining effects from Corea, Maine, where Hartley
lived and kept a studio.
On July 4, 1955, Hartley's niece, Norma
Gene Berger, made an additional gift of her property of the artist
to the College. Included in the gift were two sketchbooks, two small
early oil paintings, and memorabilia dating back to 1882.
The Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection of ninety-nine drawings is important as the largest collection of the artist's work in this medium. With the inclusion of his memorabilia in the permanent collection, an important and valuable part of the artistic and cultural heritage of the State of Maine - and of American art history - resides at Bates.