Born in Lewiston, ME
Died in Maine
Enrolled at Cleveland School of Art; left in1899 after receiving a New York School of Art five-year scholarship
Transfered to National Academy of Design, New York
Adopted stepmother’s maiden surname, Marsden, and called himself Edmund Marsden Hartley
Drops his first name and calls himself Marsden Hartley
In New York, met Alfred Stieglitz
Matisse and Rodin drawing exhibition at 291 inspires his palette to change to bright fauvist colors; Picasso exhibition at 291 influences his own abstractions
Solo show at 291; travels to Europe for first time, settles in Paris; meets Leo and Gertrude Stein; befriends Germans Arnold Ronnebeck and his cousin, Karl von Freyburg; begins still lifes inspired by Cezanne; produces abstractions based on Christian mythics
Travels to Berlin and Munich, settles in Berlin; meets Kandinsky and Franz Marc; makes abstractions of Berlin military pageantry; participates in Armory show in New York
Returns to New York for third solo exhibition at 291; travels again to Berlin and begins ‘Amerika” series which includes Native American imagery; father dies; friend Karl von Freyburg killed in war; begins German Officer paintings
Participates in The Forum exhibition at Anderson Galleries, New York; solo show at 291 comprised of German Officer paintings; travels include: Provincetown, Massachusetts (summer 1916, spent with artists Carl Sprinchorn, Charles Demuth, William and Marguerite Zorach), Bermuda with Charles Demuth (winter 1916), and Maine (summer 1917)
Arrives in Taos, New Mexico, settles in Santa Fe; works in pastel and makes New Mexico landscapes
Visits Carl Sprinchorn in California; summer and fall in New Mexico; returns to New York
Proceeds from New York auction at Anderson Galleries supports him for many years; returns to Berlin via Paris
Prints series of lithographs; paints still lifes of bowls, baskets, fruit, and bread; starts New Mexico Recollections series, 1923; visits Italy, 1923
Forms network of collectors who provide stipend for four years; travels to Paris via London, Brussels, Antwerp; continues New Mexico Recollections
Rents house in Vence, France, for one year; produces landscapes of Italian Alps near Gattiere and Carros
Moves to Aix-en-Provence and rents former studio of Cezanne; begins Mont Sainte-Victoire paintings inspired by Cezanne; travels to Paris, Berlin, and Hamburg
Returns to New York; summers in New Hampshire and Maine; travels to Paris and paints seashell still lifes
Solo exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery, New York; travels include: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Toulouse, Paris, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden; returns to New York in 1930
Receives Guggenheim fellowship travel grant and chooses Mexico; summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts and begins first of three series of “Dogtown” paintings; arrives Mexico City, 1932, moves to Cuernavaca; included in the first Whitney Biennial
Sails to Hamburg in April, stays through summer; travels to Bavarian Alps and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in September, stays through winter; long hikes inspire drawings and paintings of these mountains; Hartley begins his autobiography, Somehow a Past
Departs Europe, never to return again; spends winters in New York for rest of his life, and summers frequently in Maine and Massachusetts; summers in Gloucester and starts second “Dogtown” series
Poor finances force his destruction of a hundred works of art to escape storage bills; becomes depressed and ill; travels to Bermuda for rehabilitation, then to Nova Scotia where he boards with family of Francis and Martha Mason on Eastern Points Island
Employed by Works Progress Administration in New York; solo show at Alfred Stieglitz’s An American Place; returns to Eastern Points Island and works on third series of “Dogtown” pictures from memory; Mason sons Donny and Alty drown in hurricane and Hartley’s devastation prompts his return to New York
Last solo show at Stieglitz’s An American Place; Hudson D. Walker becomes Hartley’s new dealer; moves to Portland, Maine
First solo show at Hudson D. Walker Gallery in New York (contines annual solo shows through 1940); summers in Maine; begins series of portraits of Nova Scotia people; moves to Boston
Summer travels in Maine: Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Corea, and Bangor; climbs Mount Katahdin
Represented by Macbeth Galleries, New York, after Hudson D. Walker Gallery closes; new paintings feature figures on beaches and seascapes; writes prose poem Cleophas and His Own, based on his Nova Scotia experience; travels to Cincinnati for joint show with Stuart Davis at Cincinnati Art Museum
Solo exhibition at Paul Rosenberg Gallery, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art awards Hartley purchase prize from Artists for Victory exhibition


Modernidad americana. Obras de la Corcoran Gallery of Art - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
Pretty Ugly - Gavin Brown's Enterprise GBE modern, New York City, NY
Painting in the United States: 1943-1949 - Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
The American Evolution - A History through Art - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection - Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID (solo)
Marsden Hartley and The West: The Search for an American Modernism - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), El Paso, TX (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, IN (solo)
Marsden Hartley - American Modern - Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL (solo)
Marsden Hartley: American Modern - New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Marsden Hartley - American Modern - Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (solo)
Marsden Hartley: Image and Identity - Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME (solo)
Marsden Hartley - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (solo)
Marsden Hartley - Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Marsden Hartley - American Modern - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Marsden Hartley: An American Modern - Newcomb Art Gallery , New Orleans, LA (solo)
Alfred Stieglitz and Early Modern Photography - MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Dictated by Life - Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
The Window in Twentieth-Century Art - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Marsden Hartley - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY (solo)
Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon - Galerie Der Sturm, Berlin (closed, 1932)