Our Art / Edgar Degas
A vivacious figure remembered for his wit as much as he is for his watercolor paintings, Demuth (1883–1935) met Marsden Hartley while in Paris by walking up to a table of American artists and asking if he could join them. With his rich sense of humor, he was introduced to the artists pushing the avant-garde in Paris and New York, leading Demuth to develop the artistic style Precisionism. Precisionism itself was first coined in the early 1920s and conveyed themes of industrialization and modernization of the American landscape, which were depicted in precise, sharply defined, geometrical inspired by Cubist style.
Ken Johnson wrote on Demuth’s work in The New York Times: "Search the history of American art, and you will discover few watercolors more beautiful than those of Charles Demuth. Combining exacting botanical observation and loosely Cubist abstraction, his watercolors...have a magical liveliness and an almost shocking sensuousness."