Demuth first enrolled in courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in this year, while still studying at Drexel. He attended the Academy through 1911, where his instructors included Thomas Anshutz, Hugh Breckenridge and William Merritt Chase. Demuth also met Dr. Albert Barnes as early as 1905. Barnes was a long-time friend and patron of Demuth's, and purchased many of the artist's works for his extensive collection housed in suburban Philadelphia.

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