Happy Birthday Charles Demuth!

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Charles Demuth, an American painter, was born on November 8, 1883 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Demuth went to Drexel University and the Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He later studied at Académie Colarossi and Académie Julian in Paris.

Demuth was part of the following art movement:  Precisionism.

Demuth’s most famous work is I Saw the Figure Five in Gold painted in 1928.






Three interesting facts about Demuth:


1. Demuth suffered an injury as a child that left him with a limp that required him to walk with a cane.

2. After his death, he left many of his paintings to his friend and artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.

3. Demuth was diagnosed with diabetes and was one of the first people in the United States to receive insulin.

Demuth died on October 23, 1935 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Quote: “Paintings must be looked at and looked at and looked at…No writing, no talking, no singing, no dancing will explain them.” 

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