Charles Demuth, ‘Red Chimneys’, 1918, Phillips Collection

Acquired 1925

About Charles Demuth

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.”

American, 1883-1935, Lancaster, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States