Saturday, September 26, 2009

Marsden Hartley on painting waterfalls

I stumbled on this in a library today:

" . . . for years have had the falls at Lewiston on my mind which are wonderful and formidable indeed at times during the spring freshets, but there is always the damnable iron bridge and how to cover it up or else just go ahead and put the damn thing in for it is there, and up to now I haven't found a view that would give the fall right and yet get rid of the bridge, but the falls themselves are very wonderful and play such a part in my boyish memories."

from a letter by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
Bangor, Maine, January 17, 1941
quoted in A Sense of Place, by Alan Gussow

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