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Charles Henry Demuth

(1883 -  1935 )
DEMUTH Charles Henry Cucumbers And A Flask Of Daisies

Sotheby's /Oct 20, 2016
72,859.75 - 109,289.62
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Charles Henry Demuth - Roses

Charles Henry Demuth - Roses

Original 1926
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Lot number: 50
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Charles Demuth ROSES 1883 - 1935 signed C. Demuth and dated 1926 (center left) watercolor and pencil on paper 17 7/8 by 11 7/8 inches (45.4 by 30.2 cm) Provenance C.W. Kraushaar Galleries, New York George Dyer, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1934 Private collection (by descent; sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 1, 1988, lot 240, illustrated) A. Alfred Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (acquired at the above sale) Exhibited New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Demuth Memorial Exhibition, December 1937-January 1938, no. 121 (as Roses and Daisies) Literature Richard C. Weyand scrapbooks, no. W432 Emily Edna Farnham, Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology and Works, Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1959, vol. II, no. 495, p. 608
Charles Henry Demuth - Trees And Houses

Charles Henry Demuth - Trees And Houses

Original 1916
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Charles Demuth (1883-1935) Trees and Houses (Provincetown) signed and dated 'C Demuth • 1916 -' (lower left) watercolor and pencil on paper 10 x 13 1/2in Footnotes Provenance The artist. Estate of the above. Robert Locher, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, bequest from the above, 1935. Nelson Goodman, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above, 1956. Sale, Sotheby's, New York, March 15, 2000, lot 153. Vance Jordan Fine Art, New York, acquired from the above. Thomas Colville Fine Art, New York. Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2006. Exhibited Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, Demuth Exhibition, 1939. Boston, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, on loan 1972-circa1995. New York, Babcock Galleries, When Modern Was Modern: 1908-1929, September-December, 2007, no. 26. New York, Babcock Galleries, GIANTS: American Modern Masters, October 14-December 17, 2010, no. 5. Literature E. Farnham, Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology and Works, Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University, 1959, vol. II, pp. 494-95, no. 220. G. Greer and A. Smith, American Paintings 1860-1960, New York, 2000, pp. 36-37, illustrated.
Charles Henry Demuth - Cyclamen

Charles Henry Demuth - Cyclamen

Original 1917
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THE JEFFREY M. KAPLAN COLLECTION Charles Demuth 1883 - 1935 CYCLAMEN signed C. Demuth and dated 1917 (lower left) watercolor and pencil on paper 14 by 10 inches (35.6 by 25.4 cm) Robert Locher, 1935 (bequest from the artist) Mrs. Samuel C. Slaymaker II, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1947 (gift from the above) Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York Acquired by the present owner from the above Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Fackenthal Library of Franklin & Marshall College, 29 Watercolors by Demuth, January 1948, no. 17
Charles Henry Demuth - Cucumbers And A Flask Of Daisies

Charles Henry Demuth - Cucumbers And A Flask Of Daisies

Original c.1925
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Lot number: 11
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK Charles Demuth CUCUMBERS AND A FLASK OF DAISIES 1883 - 1935 signed C. Demuth (lower right) watercolor and pencil on paper 12 by 18 inches (30.5 by 45.5 cm) Painted circa 1925. Provenance Kennedy Galleries, New York The Old Print Shop, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner Catalogue Note Two constants throughout Charles Demuth’’’’’’’’s life were the still life as subject in his art and his childhood home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as his refuge. His mother, Augusta, always a strong influence, was certainly responsible in some part for his initial love of both, as she was an amateur flower painter and known for the lush, lovely Victorian garden she kept at the family home in Lancaster. Both were integral to Demuth’’’’’’’’s mature works from the mid-1920s, when he produced some of the most refined, erudite and iconic works of his career--almost all of them small-scale still lifes and in the medium of watercolor. In 1922, the artist moved home from New York for health reasons, to recover from the devastating effects of Diabetes Mellitus just before the use of insulin became available. Depleted and weak, he wrote at the time in a letter to Arthur Stieglitz, his champion and promoter, “I’’’’’’’’ve only painted in watercolour. The strain is greater, but I don’’’’’’’’t have to return and fuss if it goes bad as one always does in oil or tempera” (Barbara Haskell, Charles Demuth, New York, 1987, p. 141). By this time, the 38 year-old artist had become a well-regarded American modernist. He was securely in Stieglitz’’’’’’’’s sphere and earlier, had spent time in Paris over several sojourns where he had immersed himself in the cultural circles of the avant-garde and the work of Cezanne, Duchamp, Fauvism and Cubism. Demuth’’’’’’’’s earlier floral works are characterized by curvilinear, sensuous forms arranged in overall patterns against darker backgrounds. As reflected beautifully in the present work, by the 1920s his colors grew softer, his overall designs were greatly simplified and he made use of negative space by incorporating blank areas as part of the composition. As well, these later works display a sense of fragility and repose, no doubt a reflection of the artist’’’’’’’’s state of mind. Demuth liked the subject of the present work enough to have executed at least two other similarly themed watercolors from this time. Several of the same objects are in both. In Flowers and Cucumbers (sold: Christie’’’’’’’’s, New York, December 4, 2008, lot 11), he explored the subject with the same vase of daisies and the three cucumbers in slightly different positions and in Daisies and Tomatoes (sold: Sotheby’’’’’’’’s, New York, May 21, 2003, lot 2), the same vase with daisies is surrounded by four ripe tomatoes rather than cucumbers. Dr. Sherman E. Lee wrote of the artist’’’’’’’’s accomplishments during this mature stage in his career, “…Demuth devoted most of his efforts to the watercolor medium, and in that method he produced works that take their place with the architectural watercolors of Cezanne, the Cubist works of Braque and Picasso, and the Expressionist figure pieces of Nolde, or earlier, Toulouse-Lautrec. ….. I think his art is best described by Wordsworth’’’’’’’’s particular definition of poetry……’’’’’’’’emotion recollected in tranquility’’’’’’’’”. (Thomas E. Norton et al., Homage To Charles Demuth, Still Life Painter of Lancaster, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 1978, p.61)
Charles Henry Demuth - Strolling

Charles Henry Demuth - Strolling

Original 1912
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Charles Demuth 1883 - 1935 STROLLING Signed C. Demuth and dated 12 (lower left) Watercolor and pencil on paper 8 3/8 by 5 1/4 inches (21.3 by 13.3 cm) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance The Downtown Gallery, New York, 1932 Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., New York The Museum of Modern Art, New York Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York James Maroney, New York (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 4, 1986, lot 211, illustrated) Acquired at the above sale by A. Alfred Taubman Exhibited New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Summer Exhibition: The Museum Collection and a Private Collection on Loan, June-September 1935 New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New Acquisitions: The Collection of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., January-February 1936, no. 26 New York, The Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Twenty-Five Watercolors by American Artists, December 1938-January 1940 Washington, D.C., The Phillips Memorial Gallery, Charles Demuth: Exhibition of Watercolors and Oil Paintings, May 1942, no. 25 Palm Beach, Florida, Society of the Four Arts (circulating exhibition from The Museum of Modern Art, New York), American Watercolors, December 1943, no. 67 New York, The Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Charles Demuth Retrospective Exhibition, March 1950-May 1951, no. 9, pp. 8, 89, illustrated p. 22 New York, Washburn Gallery, Charles Demuth (1883-1935): The Early Years–Works from 1909-1917, February-March 1975 New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Important Watercolors and Drawings by Charles Demuth, September-October 1982, no. 19 New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, A Selection of Modernist Paintings, March 1984, no. 22 Literature Marion Porter, "Humor, Realism Offer Variety in Kentuckiana Art Exhibit; Showing Has Popular Appeal," The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, October 5, 1939, vol. CLXX, no. 25, section I, p. 2, cols. 6-8 Sherman E. Lee, "The Illustrative and Landscape Watercolors of Charles Demuth," The Art Quarterly, vol. V, Spring 1942, no. 2, pp. 159, 161, illustrated fig. I Alfred H. Barr, Jr., ed., Paintings and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1942, no. 141, p. 35 Emily Edna Farnham, Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology and Works, Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1959, vol. I, p. 257; vol. II, no. 71, p. 439; vol. III, p. 763, illustrated Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Paintings and Sculpture in the Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1967, New York, 1977, p. 535, illustrated p. 226 Alvord L. Eiseman, Charles Demuth, New York, 1982, p. 29 Betsy Fahlman, "Charles Demuth of Lancaster, Pennsylvania," Art & Antiques, July-August 1983, p. 88, illustrated Computer Catalogue of the Collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984, vol. I, pp. 830-31
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