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Charles Henry Demuth

(1883 -  1935 )
DEMUTH Charles Henry Cyclamen

Sotheby's /Nov 21, 2016
56,438.72 - 75,251.62
58,787.50

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Charles Henry Demuth - Acrobats No. 5

Charles Henry Demuth - Acrobats No. 5

Original 1918
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Lot number: 131
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Property from the Estate of William Kelly Simpson Charles Demuth (1883-1935) Acrobats No. 5 pencil on paper 13 x 8 in. (33 x 20.3 cm.) Executed circa 1918. Provenance The artist. Mrs. Augusta W. Demuth, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above. Robert Locher, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1943. Richard Weyand, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1956. Major Louise Weyand White, Key West, Florida, 1970. Sotheby\’s, New York, 25 October 1979, lot 176. Joshua Strychalski American Paintings, New York. Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1988. Literature E. Farnham, Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology, and Works, vol. II, Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1959, p. 696, no. 6 (W753).
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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Lot number: 2
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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

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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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Lot number: 5
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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.

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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)
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