Hartley painted Mountain Lake—Autumn with bright colors and patchy brushstrokes. Paint a landscape that gives a sense of a particular season through its colors and brushstrokes.
Mt. Katahdin in Maine was one of Hartley’s favorite places to paint. Make a drawing or painting of your favorite place.
Many American artists painted Mt. Katahdin. Find images of their paintings. When did they make their images? Make a list of those other artists who used the mountain as their subject.
Compare Hartley’s painting to Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Moonlit Cove. Can you find any similarities between the two paintings? What are the differences? How are the moods of the paintings different? Which do you prefer? Why?
One of Hartley’s favorite subjects to paint was Mt. Katahdin in Maine. This mountain is the tallest in the state and one of the most dangerous to climb. Find a map of Maine and locate Mt. Katahdin.
Find a photograph of Mt. Katahdin on the Internet. Has Hartley captured the character of the mountain? What do you think he was trying to say about the mountain through his choice of color and composition?
Hartley loved the beautiful scenic nature of Maine. He would often write poems that were inspired by nature and by his paintings. How does Hartley’s painting Mountain Lake—Autumn make you feel? Write a poem about the painting describing what you see and how you feel.
What season do you think Hartley depicted in this painting? How can you tell?