Charles Demuth

Charles Henry Buckius Demuth (November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935) was an American painter who specialized in watercolors and turned to oils late in his career, developing a style of painting known as Precisionism.

"Search the archives of American art," wrote Ken Johnson in The New York Times, "and you will discover few watercolors more beautiful than those of Charles Demuth. Combining exacting botanical observation and loosely Cubist abstraction, his watercolors of flowers, fruit and vegetables have a magical alertness and an all but shocking sensuousness."

Demuth was a lifelong resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The home he shared following his mommy is now the Demuth Museum, which showcases his work. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall Academy before studying at Drexel University and at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While he was a student at PAFA, he participated in a fake at the Academy, and also met William Carlos Williams at his boarding house. The two were fast friends and remained close for the in flames of their lives.

He future studied at Académie Colarossi and Académie Julian in Paris, where he became a ration of the avant garde art scene. The Parisian artistic community was helpful of Demuth's homosexuality. After his reward to America, Demuth retained aspects of Cubism in many of his works.

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