© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

Man and Woman on the Beach, Provincetown, 1916

  • Charles Demuth
  • Man and Woman on the Beach, Provincetown, 1916
  • watercolor and graphite on paper
  • 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 inches
  • Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, Purchased with funds from Henry Kauffman and the acquisition fund
In the summer of 1914, many New York artists flocked to Provincetown, Massachusetts, prompted by the war in Europe to find a domestic retreat. This Cape Cod village had been adopted by a group of writers and playwrights several years earlier, and was fast becoming a lively creative community. The bohemian atmosphere of Greenwich Village was cultivated here each summer, attracting many notable visitors, including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Eugene O'Neill and Charles Demuth. In 1916, Demuth and Hartley spent what Hartley would later call "The Great Provincetown Summer" as houseguests of John Reed (the socialist who had just returned from Mexico where he had interviewed Pancho Villa) and his future wife, Louise Bryant. Eugene O'Neill lived across the street in a fisherman's shack.

In addition to regular summer visits to Provincetown during its early heyday, Demuth also returned there late in his life, staying the entire summer in 1934. Demuth returned to figural subjects in the Provincetown setting, creating some of his last works prior to his death in the autumn of 1935.

© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

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