© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

The Bay #4, c. 1912

  • Charles Demuth
  • The Bay #4, c. 1912
  • watercolor on paper
  • 10 x 13-7/8 inches
  • Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, gift of John H. Muth

This picture reflects Demuth's knowledge of the avant-garde French painters who were known as the Fauves. The Fauves or "wild beasts" were a group of painters who gathered around Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. These artists chose to paint in bright arbitrary colors and emphasized the painterly qualities in their works over representational qualities. In this work Demuth is not letting go of the representational qualities in the work, rather he is applying the high keyed palette to a more formal view of a bay. Demuth will keep "trying on" other artists' styles and assimilating them into his own style until his trip to Bermuda in the winter of 1917.

© 2012 The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

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