Charles Demuth

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Birthday
8, 1883
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 23, 1935 (51)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
8, 1883
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 23, 1935 (51)

About

Watercolorist and oil painter whose best-known works included 'I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold' and 'Wild Orchids.' He would honor such friends as Gertrude Stein, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O'Keeffe with his art.

Before Fame

He studied at both Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He met Marsden Hartley while in Paris and was immediately accepted into Hartley's group of American artists.

Trivia

He created nine poster portraits in honor of his famous friends. The most famous of these works, 'I Saw the Figure Five in Gold,' was inspired by William Carlos Williams' poem 'The Great Figure' from 1921.

Family Life

He lived and studied for a time in Paris and found the avant-garde art community there to be accepting of his homosexuality.

Associated With

He painted a portrait of John Marin.