Sunday 4 October 2020

Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) and Rachel Cusk

In the second novel of Rachel Cusk's trilogy, Transit, Faye, the protagonist narrator, speaks to a creative writing student of hers who describes the tranformative experience of having been transfixed by an exhibition of paintings by the American Modernist artist Marsden Hartley, who she came to feel 'is her' and has subsequently collected 300,000 words of notes on him as preparation for writing a book. 

Faye responds in the following way, having had herself too been affected by a Hartely painting (amongst others):

Paintings by Marsden Hartley:

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