NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Smithsonian Institution Gallery Place Eighth and G Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C. January 9, 1986 Professor William I. Homer Department of Art History University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 19716 Dear Professor Homer: I note with interest that you are presenting a paper on Marsden Hartley at the upcoming CAA meeting in New York. I, too, have been focusing a good deal of attention on Hartley recently. His longstanding fascination with Whitman and its effect on his writing and painting is proving to be a much richer topic of investigation than I had at first anticipated. Your book on the Hartley-Traubel correspondence documents a fascinating phase of that commitment. In the preface to your book, you note that Hartley and Traubel met sometime during 1904 or 1905. In all my searching I have yet to clarify exactly when or under what circumstances they met and wonder if you have any information that might shed more light on this point. On page 57 of the book, in a letter dated October 29, 1907, Hartley wrote of the ''cool unfolding' purples and the deep greens that mingle sedately with it.' I wonder if perhaps the phrase Hartley quotes might be 'cool enfolding' rather than 'cool unfolding.' I strongly suspect that he's quoting Whitman here and 'cool endfolding' supports my theory whereas 'cool unfolding' doesn't as well. I look forward to seeing you at CAA and hope that we will be able to talk more about our work during a lull in the activities . With all best wishes. Sincerely yours. Ruth L. Bohan Getty Fellow P.S. Do you have Gail R. Scott's address? If so, would you mind sending it to me? Mailing Address: National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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