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Artist:
Charles Henry Demuth, 8 Nov 1883 - 23 Oct 1935  Search this
Sitter:
Marsden Hartley, 4 Jan 1877 - 2 Sep 1943  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 25.7 x 20.6cm (10 1/8 x 8 1/8")
Frame: 50.8 x 43.2 x 1.6cm (20 x 17 x 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1923-1924
Exhibition Label:
Charles Demuth painted abstract portraits of famous subjects who were either gay or sexually ambiguous, including Gertrude Stein, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Marsden Hartley. His great Figure 5 in Gold, a tribute to poet William Carlos Williams, was also in this vein. Abstraction allowed the simultaneous expression and concealment of his subjects' character and personal life; they could "hide in plain sight" from those who could not read the codes. Demuth's study for a never-finished portrait of his friend and fellow artist Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) incorporates both Hartley's signature gardenia boutonniere and erotically charged, phallic still-lifes. Demuth marks the cane at the lower left with the initials "C.D.," suggesting a connection between the two men.
Topic:
Marsden Hartley: Male  Search this
Marsden Hartley: Literature\Writer  Search this
Marsden Hartley: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Marsden Hartley: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Yale University Art Gallery
Object number:
EXH.HS.183
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_EXH.HS.183