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Charles Henry Demuth, (Pennsylvania/New York, 1883-1935),"Two Women," watercolor and pencil on Japan paper, depicting two women in hats and long dresses standing on a shoreline. One holds a handbag and a parasol. Birds, likely seagulls, rendered in pencil, fly overhead. The painting is signed "C. Demuth" and dated '12 at lower left. Additional, unfinished pencil sketch en verso. "The Downtown Gallery, New York" label en verso of frame backing with title information and stated dimensions 8 1/4" x 5". Housed in a molded giltwood frame with acanthus corner decoration and an ivory silk mat. Sight – 8" x 4 5/8". Framed – 15 5/8" x 12 3/8". Biography (courtesy of Askart): A painter of allegorical figurative watercolors including a vaudeville series and contemporary floral studies, Charles Demuth was a major exponent of Precisionism as well as more poetic styles that emphasized emotional response to art. Much of his work is rooted in French modernism including Fauvism. Demuth was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and kept close ties to his hometown although he moved in highly sophisticated circles in New York, Provincetown, and Paris. Demuth first studied at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, and after a trip to Europe in 1904, became a student of Thomas Anschutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts until 1911. Then he went to Paris for two years, becoming associated with modernist painters and avant-garde literary figures including Gertrude and Leo Stein and Matisse. He attended the Academie Julian, Academie Colarossi, and Academie Moderne. Provenance: Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee, purchased from the Staempfli Gallery, New York, Nov. 29, 1973. CONDITION: Small 1/4" crease lower left, above signature. Some waviness to paper along top edge. Overall very good condition with light toning. Hinge mounted, not glued down.