Saturday, September 25, 2010

Artist of the Week: Charles Demuth

American Modernist
Charles Demuth
 (1883-1935)

As a leader of the American Modernist movement, Charles Demuth is best known as a pioneer of the Precisionist style and a master watercolorist. Demuth's Lancaster, Pennsylvania home, now the museum, provided both inspiration and sustenance, and functioned as Demuth's permanent studio location throughout his lifetime. Heralded as a leading light among early American modernist painters, Demuth distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his profoundly-felt renderings of his native Lancaster's factories, grain elevators and churches.


 Self-portrait
1907 





 The Jazz Singer
1916



The Circus
1917


 Turkish Bath with Self-portrait
1918




1919


Essence of a New Church 
 1921



 1924


The Figure 5 in Gold (1928)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The painting above was inspired by this poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) 

The Great Figure Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city





 1931


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