© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

Apples, n.d.

  • Charles Demuth
  • Apples, n.d.
  • watercolor and graphite on paper
  • 9-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches
  • Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, partial gift of Jean and Eberhard Gromoll and partial purchase of the acquisition fund

Still life works such as Apples evidence Demuth's familiarity with the formal innovations of Paul Cézanne. European and American modernists alike were profoundly influenced by his work, seen by many at a retrospective exhibition held at the 1907 Salon d'Automne in Paris and at a subsequent exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz's '291' Gallery in New York in 1911. In Apples, Demuth constructs these semi-abstract forms with geometric planes and subtle modulations of color and texture. As with his later floral works, Demuth also creates a play between the painted forms and the negative space utilized in his compositions.

© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

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