© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

Aviariste, 1912

  • Charles Demuth
  • Aviariste, 1912
  • watercolor on paper
  • 11 x 8-1/2 inches
  • Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, purchased with funds from Caroline Steinman Nunan and the acquisition fund

Returning to Lancaster following the completion of his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1911, Demuth began a series of watercolor works inspired by vaudeville performances. This new form of entertainment brought the hectic pace, barrage of interruptions, shifts of focus of attention, and quick movements of the modern-day streets onto the stage. Demuth regularly attended performances in several Lancaster venues, including the Colonial, Capitol, Fulton and Hippodrome Theaters. This popular entertainment offered Demuth a wide variety of dynamic human subjects from dancers and acrobats to human-animal acts such as the woman with parrots in Aviariste.

© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

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