Buildings Abstraction, Lancaster, 1931 (oil on board), Demuth, Charles (1883-1935) / Detroit Institute of Arts, USA / Founders Society purchase, General Membership Fund / The Bridgeman Art Library
An artistic chameleon, Charles Demuth (1883 – 1935) easily blended his creative style with his subject matter. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the versatile Demuth crafted delicate fruit and flower watercolors, as well as rigidly controlled images of urban and industrial landscapes. Implementing Precisionism, a hybrid of Cubism and Futurism, Demuth was one of the first artists influenced by technology and the geometry of machines. Despite severe diabetes, Demuth created over 1,000 artworks and received numerous accolades during his lifetime.