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"I am back in the Province in the garden of my own Chateau."
-Charles Demuth, letter to Eugene and Agnes O'Neill, 1919
About the Collections
A master watercolorist and pioneer of the precisionist style, Charles Demuth found inspiration for his innovative art in his immediate surroundings. He created the vast majority of his art in Lancaster, honing his modernist vision from this small city's newly emerging industrial landscape and new forms of popular culture, along with the perennial offerings of his mother's flower garden.
Yet Demuth's art is not that of an isolated regionalist - it is inseparable from his role within the international avant-garde. His participation in intellectual circles in New York, Philadelphia, Provincetown and abroad, and engagement with contemporary life in these artistic centers imbues his modernist output. Demuth's witty, ironic characterization of Lancaster as the "province" and to his home and studio as the "chateau" embodies something of the dual significance of these two realms.