A renowned watercolorist who turned to oils later in life, painter Charles Demuth enjoyed remarkable popularity during the early 20th century. Despite a lifetime of often debilitating illness, Demuth produced over a thousand artworks, many of which earned favorable reviews and quick sales. Influenced by Cubist artists he met during his studies in Paris, his art showcases a uniquely American take on the avant garde styles of his era.
Though many of his most of his works were produced in his Lancaster, Pennsylvania home, Charles Demuth traveled widely; his studies took him to Philadelphia, New York, Bermuda, and Paris. Repeated trips to Europe were the foundation of several friendships with leading avant garde artists, no doubt contributing to Cubism's influence on his work. Figures like Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, and William Carlos Williams were the foundation of his creative network. The breadth of subject matter covered in his body of work ranges from intricate watercolor botanicals to large scale architectural scenes in oil and tempera. After his relatively early death at age 51, much of his art was left to Georgia O'Keeffe, whose management helped solidify his place in the annals of history.
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