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Charles Demuth Paperback – November, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0874270563 ISBN-10: 0874270561 Edition: First

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art; First edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874270561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874270563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Winston hough on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book goes into Demuth's literary interest : novels and plays.He wrote some of his own. He illustrated Wedekind and Henry James.It was Sam Hunter in his book on American Art that brought out the importance of Demuth's approach to the figure.This book has the largest selection of watercolors and oils illustrated in a book on Charles Demuth.The essays are just as extensive as the reproductions.They are higher quality than any other book on Deem. I have the A.E. Gallatin book, a Whitney Museum book, the Moma book by A.C. Ritchie. There is a lot of Demuth's pictures on Artcyclopedia but , there is more in this publication.If you are a fan of Charles Demuth you will be happier with this book than any other work on Demuth.The book is well worth the price.
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One of our stellar curators and art historians has produced a first rate study of Charles Demuth. Not a household name in his own time nor in ours, he has always deserved recognition for his creative sensitivity and mastery of color. While he ranks high as a watercolorist, among the best of the early Twentieth Century, he is best known for being one of the pioneers of what became known as Precisionism, a cubist-influenced vision, primarily of modern industrial society. His view, however, while incorporating the sharp, often squared edges of (then) modern buildings, never failed to provide expansion of time and space, never rested solely on the apparent simplicity of form. Haskell is quite good in helping us to see this phenomenon in his pictures as she is in dealing with the other aspects of his work. Beyond that, she deals well with the life of someone seemingly fated for an outsider role even in his chosen vocation by early illness and then, at what should have been the peak of his mature talent, by diabetes in an age when there was no cure (true today as well) but also no ameliorative treatment until too late to allow him the strength for major effort.
The illustrations offer an excellent representation of his watercolors and paintings, as well as his work for books. Most prominent, of course, are the flowers and precisionist views of the industrialized society. While most of the homosexual (as it was designated in his day) inclined efforts were privately distributed to friends, there are examples from the period later in life when he was open, almost to a dangerous point for a most private man. Most familiar and amusing is the museum scene of a small group viewing a most appropriate sculpture by Brancusi (Princess X).
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By Alan Zink on March 24, 2013
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This book is very well done.There is a in-depth analysis of his life and how it relates to the area he lived in and the times he was part of.There are many color reproductions and the fairly large format of the book helps.This is the first real comprehensive work on this artist that I've ever seen.Very fine book.
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By Judith Evans on November 26, 2014
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This is a perfectly beautiful book full of many full-page color illustrations plus many smaller ones and Barbara Haskell's fascinating history of Demuth's life. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Demuth or to those who would like to know his work better. You won't be disappointed.
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