© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

Still Life for a Fire Screen, 1924-1928

  • Charles Demuth
  • Still Life for a Fire Screen, 1924-1928
  • tempera on cardboard
  • 25-1/2 x 22-1/2 inches
  • Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, gift of the Richard C. von Hess Foundation

Still Life for a Fire Screen was made by Charles Demuth for a specific commission by the Steinman family of Lancaster for their home, Conestoga House. This still life work had a utilitarian function, as it literally adorned a fire screen covering one of the home's many fireplaces. The Steinmans, who were renovating their Colonial Revival home with local architect Frank Everts, enlisted Demuth to help on the project. Everts was working on combining three existing homes into one and Demuth helped with the décor and placement of art works from Europe.

Demuth enjoyed a close friendship with this prominent Lancaster family, as well as with Everts and his wife Elsie, who was a fellow student of Demuth's at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elsie joined Demuth on painting excursions in the Lancaster countryside.

© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

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