Charles Demuth
American, 1883-1935

Apple and Acorn Squash, 1929
Watercolor on paper
Gift of Angeline James Pool in memory of Oliver B. James Fane, class of 1940
Period: 20th c
Classification: Drawing
Dimensions: Framed: 18 3/8 x 24 3/8 in. (46.67 x 61.91 cm) Sheet: 12 x 17 15/16 in. (30.48 x 45.56 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Not signed
Exhibition History v
Poughkeepsie, NY, FLLAC, Vassar College, "Promised Gifts '77," April 20 - May 22, 1977; Poughkeepsie, NY, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, "Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection," May 8- July 26, 2009.
Description v
Charles Demuth, along with Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, John Marin, and Marsden Hartley, was one of the group of modernist artists championed by the impresario photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz. Demuth’s art ranged widely from the colorful pastimes and distractions of urban envir- onments to lovingly depicted simple beauties of the rural American scene around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Such a watercolor as this study of fruit and vegetables is part of a body of superb work by the artist in this very demanding medium, of which Demuth was one of its greatest twentieth- century practitioners. The Vassar watercolor is tentatively dated, based on what seems to have been a second watercolor in a private collection of the same squash and bowl that is signed and dated 1929. The influence of Cézanne is unmistakable in Demuth’s still-lifes, but they have an interest in faceted forms and geometry that also draw on Cubist prototypes.
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