Artistic Inspiration: Charles Demuth

20130521-081603.jpgCharles Demuth (American,1883–1935), Mountain with Red House, ca. 1913. Watercolor on paper. 9 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (24.1 x 32.1 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.

Description: “This mountain landscape with two small houses was painted while Demuth was in Europe from December 1912 to spring 1914. In the summer of 1913, he visited the French coastal village of Etretat, which is probably the subject of this picture. The wateriness of Demuth’s pigment and his use of watercolor outlines, rather than pencil ones, may be influenced by the watercolors of John Marin, which he greatly admired and could have seen in Paris and New York exhibitions. In 1931, Demuth gave this picture to his good friend Georgia O’Keeffe, who subsequently included it in the group of works she selected for the Museum as part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection.”