Demuth made his first visit to Provincetown in the summer of 1914, when this seaside town was adopted by a group of Greenwich Village artists and intellectuals who were prompted by the war in Europe to find a domestic summer retreat. Demuth would return to Provincetown many times in the coming decades. Demuth was, along with friend and playwright Eugene O'Neil, a founding member of the Provincetown Players, formally established in 1916.

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