23 February 2008

Charles Demuth

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Charles Demuth, "Buildings, Lancaster" (1930);
oil and graphite on composition board, 24" x 20"

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Charles Demuth exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, today through 27 April 2008. [Artdaily]

Charles Demuth (1883-1935): "The History of Lancaster [Pennsylvania]'s Most Famous Artist." [Demuth Foundation / Charles Demuth Museum]

"Precisionism was an artistic movement that emerged in the United States after World War I and was at its height during the inter-War period. The term itself was first coined in the early 1920s. Influenced strongly by Cubism and Futurism, its main themes included industrialization and the modernization of the American landscape, which were depicted in precise, sharply defined, geometrical forms." [Wikipedia]

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Charles Demuth, "The Figure 5 in Gold" (1928); oil on cardboard; 35.5" x 30"
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The Great Figure
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

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

[from Sour Grapes: A Book of Poems (1921)]

1 comment:

Gramma Sarah said...

Thanks for the poem. I am teaching a class on Art History and was looking up this Demuth's work for a Power Point and found your blog and the poem. 'preciate it.