Charles Demuth, ‘I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold’, 1928, Painting, Oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard (Upson board), The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Charles Demuth

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, 1928

Oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard (Upson board)
35 1/2 × 30 in
90.2 × 76.2 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Charles Demuth
American, 1883–1935
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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.”

Charles Demuth, ‘I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold’, 1928, Painting, Oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard (Upson board), The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Charles Demuth
American, 1883–1935
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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.”

Charles Demuth

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, 1928

Oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard (Upson board)
35 1/2 × 30 in
90.2 × 76.2 cm
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