Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

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Lot 59

59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
59: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)

Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)

Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)

Two Men and a Woman on the Beach
1912
Signed and dated lower right “”C. Demuth 1912″”
Watercolor over pencil on paper on board
8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (sight)

Provenance: Durlacher Brothers, New York
Purchased from the above by the Estate of a Midwestern collector

Exhibitions: New York, NY, The Museum of Modern Art, Charles Demuth, 1950, cat. no. 10

New York, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Charles Demuth, sometime in 1950, catalogue no. 10-A Retrospective Exhibition March – June 11, 1950

Other Notes: Charles Demuth was born in 1883 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to a prosperous family in the tobacco business, who encouraged his artistic pursuits. He studied at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia from 1903 to 1905. He traveled to Paris frequently from 1904 till 1914, living the bohemian life and associating with Gertrude and Leo Stein in Paris and absorbing the many aspects of Modernism. By 1914, he became one of the modernist artists associated with Alfred Stieglitz. He was friends with Marcel Duchamp; they spent time together in Harlem jazz clubs and Greenwich Village bars, which became the subject of many of his watercolors.

Demuth’s works, primarily, in watercolor are characterized with an economy of sinuous line, and controlled application of watercolor. Two Men and a Woman on the Beach, from 1912 is typical of his offbeat world view and humor, with a woman fully clothed in a fox stole conversing with male bathers.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $58,280