Charles Demuth
American, 1883-1935
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
There's Still Life!,
Forum Gallery
Cult of the Machine,
de Young Museum
2017
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent,
Philadelphia Museum of Art

A titan of American Modernism, Charles Demuth produced works ranging from delicate watercolors of flowers and fruits to hard-edged, bold Precisionist paintings of urban and industrial landscapes influenced by Cubism and Futurism. I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928) is among Demuth’s most famous Precisionist works. A largely conceptual portrait of poet William Carlos Williams, the work is an accumulation of images associated with Williams and with his celebrated poem about a fire engine, “The Great Figure.”