Charles DEMUTH


Charles DEMUTH, Self-portrait.

Charles DEMUTH (1883 - 1935) is an American Modernist Artist When he was asked to provide a brief autobiography, Demuth responded, “I was born November 8th, 1883, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I went to Paris in 1907 for the first time and afterward returned to it in 1912 and 1921, living there and in London during these visits – about four years in all. I have exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Daniel Gallery in New York City. I think that is the limit of my knowledge about myself. ” 

Demuth was a very versatile artist, but in some ways, that makes him harder to place in art history. He’s incorporating traditional American Folk Art as well as the modern art principles from Europe. His works are the fusion of abstract portraiture and graphic design that goes on to influence the Pop Art movement – Andy Warhol’s soup cans and then the work of Robert Indiana who incorporated The Figure Five in Gold in many of his artworks.

Demuth was very reluctant to talk about his paintings, especially the deeper meanings or hidden truths. Instead, Demuth urged people to just spend time looking at paintings. “Paintings must be looked at and looked at. They, I think the good ones, like it. “Look at that!” is all that can be said before a great painting – at least by those who really see it.”




Charles DEMUTH, Self-portrait.

Charles DEMUTH (1883 - 1935) is an American Modernist Artist When he was asked to provide a brief autobiography, Demuth responded, “I was born November 8th, 1883, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I went to Paris in 1907 for the first time and afterward returned to it in 1912 and 1921, living there and in London during these visits – about four years in all. I have exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Daniel Gallery in New York City. I think that is the limit of my knowledge about myself. ” 

Demuth was a very versatile artist, but in some ways, that makes him harder to place in art history. He’s incorporating traditional American Folk Art as well as the modern art principles from Europe. His works are the fusion of abstract portraiture and graphic design that goes on to influence the Pop Art movement – Andy Warhol’s soup cans and then the work of Robert Indiana who incorporated The Figure Five in Gold in many of his artworks.

Demuth was very reluctant to talk about his paintings, especially the deeper meanings or hidden truths. Instead, Demuth urged people to just spend time looking at paintings. “Paintings must be looked at and looked at. They, I think the good ones, like it. “Look at that!” is all that can be said before a great painting – at least by those who really see it.”