Bertram Hartmann (1882-1960) was active in New York City. He was associated with an independent group of modernists whom I wrote about in my doctoral dissertation. Subsequently when I worked at the Allentown Art Museum, I was able to acquire a beautiful cubist watercolor by Hartmann for the collection. Years later, I found this wonderful oil on canvas painting, rendered in a Symbolist manner. Other Hartman paintings in this idiom have gone through auction. Many modernist artists executed spiritual themes, among them James Daugherty and Henry Fitch Taylor. Hartman was also known for his abstract hooked rugs and batiks. Martha Elton wrote her fine dissertation on Hartman. I found the painting at a now-defunct wonderful antique shop, in Saugerties, NY, run by Pat Guarglia, who did not know who the artist was, but I did, and pounced on it.