Roofs and Steeple
After encountering French Cubism in Paris, Charles Demuth produced a large body of still-life and architectural watercolors based in a Cubist-inspired faceting of forms. Particularly drawn to the small-town American architecture of his native Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he continued to spend a significant amount of time, Demuth transposed the architectural volumes into two-dimensional designs of selected planes set off by precisely ruled lines. Within these compositions, the tones and density of his washes suggest spatial depth while areas of unpainted paper reassert the two-dimensional surface.
Watercolor and graphite on textured wove paper
14 3/8 x 10 7/16 in. (36.5 x 26.5 cm)
Frame: 24 x 18 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 45.7 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Watermark in lower right, reads correctly from recto: 'A.L.' in circular design
Signed lower left: 'C. Demuth 1921.'
Several graphite notations on verso: '1025', '4" white', '3522', '212'
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Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935). Roofs and Steeple, 1921. Watercolor and graphite on textured wove paper, 14 3/8 x 10 7/16 in. (36.5 x 26.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.159
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