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Charles Demuth
Born 1883 in Lancaster, PA
Died 1935 in Lancaster, PA
Wild Orchids, ca. 1920
watercolor and graphite on paper
10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
1995.24
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Demuth's remarkable creative skill and vision are exemplified by his range of subjects, including floral studies, landscape abstractions, still  lifes, and theater posters. Around 1920 he began to explore industrial subjects in a Precisionist style. Inspired by the fractured planes and multiple perspectives of Cubism, Precisionism was an important development in American modernism in the early 20th century, in which objects were rendered realistically but with simplified geometric forms.